Grand Staircase to Grand Canyon
Located deep within Southern Utah near Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was the last area to be mapped in the lower 48 states and is still an isolated area today. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument wasn’t designated as a National Monument until 1996, when legislation was finally passed to protect this amazing area. A land of canyons and cliffs, wilderness and ancient ruins, the Staircase is a unique and diverse landscape still untouched by the masses.
The best time to visit the Grand Staircase is late spring mid-April through May, and the fall season of September through October. This is also a great time to visit the North Rim or East Rim of nearby Grand Canyon National Park. Although visitation has increased, you can find solitude in the Staircase any time of year with an average annual visitation of about 1 million people for a 1.9 million-acre wilderness. There is no entry fee for Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and backcountry permits as well as undeveloped campgrounds are also free. There are a few established campgrounds that charge a reasonable nightly fee, and Calf Creek Recreation Area charges a small day use fee. The area around the Grand Staircase is fairly isolated and local towns have prices lower than most Park Lands. Read the guide below to learn more.