GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, or GSENM, offers almost 2,000 square miles of empty Utah backcountry—a veritable playground for any outdoorsman.
The Grand Staircase, formed from a series of plateaus that dip down from Bryce Canyon to the Grand Canyon. Visitors can find various distinct plunges at the Grey Cliffs, Pink Cliffs, Vermillion Cliffs, Chocolate Cliffs, and White Cliffs.
Kaiparowits Plateau: this difficult to pronounce plateau sits over 9,000 feet up, and it marks the GSENM’s highest, most remote reaches (read: wild with outstanding views). If you make it up here, keep an eye out for the Late Cretaceous fossils that litter the landscape.
CANYONS OF THE ESCALANTE
A labyrinth carved from the gnawing waters of the Escalante River, the canyons found within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument offer some of the world’s most stunning hiking trails. This rugged world consists of sandstone cliffs, narrow canyons and shadowy grottos all laid out across vastly diverse topography. Make sure to keep your camera out: the contrast between the sunset-hued canyon country and the aspen and pine blanketed mountains makes for some photo-hungry views.