Monument retreat

Fall colors in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in south central Utah.

Upper Calf Creek Falls.

A ruin high on a cliff side along the Escalante River.

Hiking along the Escalante River in full fall colors.

An alcove near Covered Wagon Natural Bridge.

An arch in Devils Garden along the Hole-in-the-Rock Road.

The Escalante River in Upper Escalante Canyon.

The oranges and yellows of autumn are lending their shades to the red rock canyons, plateaus, arches, steep cliffs and unique rock formations of Grand Staircase-
Escalante National Monument.

The colors come in bursts across the monument’s 1.9 million acres — by comparison, Delaware covers 1.5 million acres — in south central Utah’s Garfield and Kane counties.

As if this monument needed any more to recommend itself to those looking for a late fall retreat.

Named for the Escalante River Canyons and the Grand Staircase, this monument was designated by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The monument’s Escalante Canyon country offers some of the world’s best hiking, backpacking and canyoneering. Visitors can camp, fish, mountain bike and ride ATVs.

Fall brings smaller crowds and cooler temperatures, making it a great time to visit the monument. No services are available inside the monument, though, so plan a stop for good maps and current information at the Visitor Center in Cannonville, Utah, the Interagency Visitor Center in Escalante, Utah, or at the Anasazi State Park Visitor Center in Boulder, Utah.


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