Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

June 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Lower Calf Creek FallsLower Calf Creek FallsGrand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. Utah.

Lower Calf Creek Falls  |  Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Our exploration of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) actually began before our arrival at Bryce Canyon. We drove the 46-mile Cottonwood Canyon Road, a dirt back road with stunning scenery that cuts through part of GSENM, from Page, Arizona to Bryce. It's a very passable road when dry and I highly recommend making the journey. 

After our time in Bryce, we based ourselves in Escalante for a few days to resume our explorations of GSENM.

The 6-mile roundtrip hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls is definitely not to be missed.  It's a great family hike along a sandy trail with little to no elevation gain.  The scenery is beautiful, and you can see some petroglyphs along the way and cool off in the falls when you arrive. A perfect way to spend the day.

Lower Calf Creek FallsLower Calf Creek FallsGrand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. Utah.

 

Lower Calf Creek Falls | Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Another great family hike in the Escalante area takes you to Escalante Natural Bridge.  The trail requires you to ford the Escalante River a few times, which can be quite cold in the spring, but adds to the adventure along the way.

Escalante Natural BridgeEscalante Natural BridgeGrand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. Utah.

Escalante Natural Bridge | Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Another favorite family stop in the area was to the Devil's Garden area.  Filled with fascinating rock formations, our girls had a blast exploring and rock climbing in the area.

Devil's GardenDevil's GardenGrand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. Utah.

Devil's Garden |  Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

We could have happily spent at least another week in the area, but soon it was time to head to Capitol Reef.  We used the famed Hole-In-The-Rock Road and Burr Trail dirt back roads (who needs pavement?) to explore the area from Escalante to Capitol Reef. 

More to come...

 

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