Grand staircase escalante utah occupies a transitional step zone between bryce canyon and the high paunsaugunt plateau through a sequence of brightly colored cliffs zion national park and the grand canyon in arizona. Sun drenched utah backcountry spreads out well beyond the visible horizon from the road whether you re traveling along the the all american road.
It was the last part of the lower 48 united states to get cartographed and once people started poking.
Grand staircase arizona national parks. Trump cut the size of grand staircase escalante amid a review of 27 national monuments by then interior secretary ryan zinke. But it s relatively new to us humans. The national monument is a 1 9 million acre 1 870 800 federal 15 000 privately owned oasis of mostly primitive land strewn with streams monoliths slot canyons and scientific treasures galore.
Hiking and exploring grand canyon or any of the national parks is a special experience. If you are seeing this on twitter or facebook please visit the blog to see all of the photos and read the story by clicking the link. Climb a grand staircase grand canyon zion and bryce canyon national parks arizona and utah a road trip through the desert southwest reveals a series of sedimentary rock layers that reflect.
At the time of our visit this monument covered a vast 1 8 million acres of the geological staircase which has its bottom step in the grand canyon in arizona and its. Trump downsized bears ears national monument by about 85. Depending on where you stand grand staircase escalante national monument has been quietly doing its thing for between 275 million and 50 million years.
In the 1870s geologist clarence dutton first conceptualized this region as a huge stairway ascending out of the bottom of the grand canyon northward with the cliff edge. Welcome back to national parks with t. Call us for more information about our many offerings in the grand staircase and utah canyon country.
The grand staircase is an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that stretch south from bryce canyon national park and grand staircase escalante national monument through zion national park and into the grand canyon national park. The grand staircase escalante national monument is a huge chunk of public land engulfing much of the southwestern utah desert. As the name suggests the monument can logically be divided into two distinct areas grand staircase and the escalante.
Although it is possible to see these places yourself hiring a guide is a great idea. The grand staircase is an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that stretch south from bryce canyon national park through zion national park and into the grand canyon. Scenic byway 12 or on highway 89.
At locations south in arizona the climate is so dry that erosion is relatively slow. This area boasts a mixture of c olorful sandstone cliffs soaring. The allure of the grand staircase region the bulk of which is contained in the grand staircase escalante national monument is phenomenal.