Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Tours and Tickets

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Encompassing nearly 1.87 million acres (757,000 hectares), this southern Utah expanse is known for its red and gold rock formations, slot canyons, and views for miles. Most visitors head for the Escalante Canyons area, the most-visited section of the monument, though the Grand Staircase region and the Kaiparowits Plateau are also worth checking out.

  • 669 South Highway 89A, Kanab, Utah, 84741

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Donna_H, Sep 2023
A+ experience
Jerry was great. Excellent communication, super knowledgeable about area. Great driver. Cool morning, perfect for our trip.
Barbara_L, Jul 2023
Natural Beauty!
We had a great time! We were so happy with our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable about the area and history. We loved it!
Gloria_W, Oct 2021
Grand Experience
History of Grand Escalante and the gorgeous views surrounding us. Made a stop at Bryce Canyon a detour on the tour
William_H, Jul 2021
Great day touring
The self driving audio tour worked wonderfully. The information was detailed and the history anecdotes were very enjoyable. We learned a lot and will use this service again when we visit Arches very soon.
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Q:What is the Grand Staircase Escalante known for?
A:The Grand Staircase Escalante is a vast, canyon-filled national monument in Southern Utah. Spanning close to a couple of million acres, the area is known for its rugged landscapes, prehistoric rock art, and fiery red rock formations. The monument has been nicknamed a “staircase” because of the tiered cliffs that resemble steps.
Q:What are the three parts of the Grand Staircase Escalante?
A:The national monument is classified into three distinct areas: the Najavo sandstone Escalante Canyons to the northeast, by far the most popular draw for hikers and climbers; the lesser-visited Grand Staircase region to the west, famous for its slot canyons; and the Kaiparowits plateau in between, home to 30-million-year-old fossils and dinosaur eggs.
Q:Can you see the Grand Staircase Escalante from the road?
A:Yes. While most roads that pass through Grand Staircase Escalante (including those leading to trailheads) are unpaved, you’ll find two asphalted highways. If you’ve got your own transportation, spin down Byway 12, a famously scenic route—classified as an All-American Road—that runs alongside Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Staircase.
Q:What kind of hiking is available in the Grand Staircase Escalante?
A:Mountain bikes and ATVs are prohibited in Grand Staircase Escalante. This rugged expanse of backcountry is best explored on foot. Trails range from easy day hikes to multi-day long-distance endeavors, including technical climbs for those with the right skills and experience. Whatever you choose, bring four liters of water per person—you’ll need it.
Q:Is the Grand Staircase Escalante safe to visit?
A:Yes—with the proper precautions. This is a massive area with limited cell connectivity. Storms can roll in quickly, leaving travelers stranded. Bring several days’ worth of emergency supplies. In dry weather, 2WD cars can reach most trailheads, but 4WD vehicles are still recommended. When in doubt, consider visiting with a guide.
Q:What wildlife lives in the Grand Staircase Escalante?
A:While the Grand Staircase Escalante is best known for its unique geological features, Southern Utah also boasts an impressive biodiversity. A few animals that call this region home are mountain lions (attacks are extremely rare), desert bighorn sheep, and over 200 bird species, including the endangered California condor and bald eagles.