Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Kanab: 3-Hour Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon Hiking Tour

1. From Kanab: 3-Hour Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon Hiking Tour

This hiking tour will show you the essentials of the Peek-a-Boo Canyon in a short timeframe—perfect for photography/Instagram lovers. Discover some of the most famous sights of the area and marvel at this amazing natural rock formation. Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon located just 10 miles outside of Kanab, Utah in the the Grand Staircase-Escalate area. After pickup from Kanab, enjoy a scenic 40 minutes drive to the canyon. This canyon is less crowded then other popular sites of Utah and Arizona and will give you a chance to explore, relax and enjoy some truly spectacular scenery. Catch the golden light around 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to take the best photos of the canyon.

Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante Self-Guided Driving Tour

2. Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante Self-Guided Driving Tour

Explore the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on a self-guided tour. Follow the app's directions and learn about the area's history, geology, flora, fauna, and tribal legends. Download the app and start your adventure into the stunning Utah landscape near the Red Canyon Visitor Center, perched high up on the rocky cliffs of Flaming Gorge. Admire the views of the vast Red Canyon, carved by the Green River many eons ago. Next, pass by Bryce Canyon National Park and get a crash course in geology. Then, reach the staircase itself, and get an insight into the ancient Fremont, Puebloans, and the Paiute who once called this land home. Leap back in time another 75 million years and learn why the staircase is so rich in dinosaur fossils. Drive to the next stop at the breathtaking Powell Point vista, where you can see the land unfurl for miles and miles in front of you. Continue into the Escalante Petrified Forest, another geological time machine, before heading to Spooky Gulch, a particularly narrow and winding crevasse that is ideal for hiking. Then, make your way to Upper Calf Creek Falls before following the famous Hogback, a dramatic, winding roadway with stunning views off to both sides. Sail through the tiny town of Boulder to Dixie National Forest. Take in the unique Heritage Overlook and Homestead Overlook. Marvel at the panoramic views of the whole landscape of Dixie Forest and the Grand Staircase. End your tour at Capitol Reef, where you will learn about wildfires.

From Kanab: Grand Staircase-Escalante Drive & Hike Tour

3. From Kanab: Grand Staircase-Escalante Drive & Hike Tour

Enjoy a family-friendly trip through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument with an experienced guide. This tour is the perfect choice if you want to see spectacular landscapes and keep hiking to a minimum. Most of the scenery inside Grand Staircase-Escalante will be seen from and near the vehicle. Travel on favored Cottonwood Canyon Road and see the highlights such as Grosvenor Arch and Hackberry Canyon and then take a short and easy hike through the Cottonwood Wash Narrows, located in the Paria River basin below the Bryce Canyon National Park cliffs. Enjoy the views during this easy 3.2 mile-long hike. Marvel at the variety of different rock formations and colors unique to Southern Utah.

Moab: Ultimate Utah Combo Self-Driving Audio Tour

4. Moab: Ultimate Utah Combo Self-Driving Audio Tour

From the canyons of Zion to the gravity-defying formations in Arches, witness Mother Nature at her most impressive on this self-guided driving tour starting in Moab, Utah. Enjoy animated videos to visualize parts of the tour. Simply hop in your car, get the app set up on your phone, and get started. Visit Arches National Park and discover hidden life within this harsh yet beautiful desert. Marvel at impossible rock formations and towering arches millions of years in the making and learn how it all came to be. Learn the history of the Ute and Paiute tribes who lived at Arches for thousands of years. Hear their legends of the trickster god who brought them to the desert and the portals through time that lie dormant. Find out how these tribes survived and what they left behind. See Zion National Park and hear why early Mormon pioneers thought it was heaven on earth. This tour works by car, bike, or shuttle, so you can see the park however you want to. At Zion, see natural wonders like the Temple of Sinawava and the Weeping Rock. Learn the park’s history, from its geologic formation to the first people who lived here. See emerald pools, staggering mountain peaks, and much more. Next, marvel at the towering hoodoos that dot Bryce Canyon. Dive into the history and legends of the Native tribes who lived here, including the harrowing tale of a race of giants who were turned to stone and became the hoodoo formations we see today. Visit groves of Earth’s oldest trees and hear the spooky story of the supposed curse which afflicts anyone who chooses to study these ancient, gnarled plants too closely. Stop at the spot where Forrest Gump ended his famous run at Monument Valley. Then, head into the valley itself to get up close and personal with jaw-dropping mesas, buttes, and spires. Get the inside scoop on how Hollywood turned Monument Valley into the quintessential image of the American West. Learn about the mysterious Anasazi who vanished from this land centuries ago and the Navajo who still call the valley home. Then, unearth hidden secrets at the Grand Staircase. Hidden within this towering staircase are clues to the land’s long history. Learn about the dinosaur fossils people have found here, including a T-Rex skeleton. Before concluding your tour, explore a petrified forest, sparkling waterfalls, and sweeping vistas. Plus, hear the legends and tales of the tribes who once lived at Grand Staircase.

Yellow Rock, Utah: Advanced Hiking Tour

5. Yellow Rock, Utah: Advanced Hiking Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up either from your hotel in Kanab or from Paria Contact Station outside of Page, Arizona. Meet your guide and go for a challenging hike through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. See all of the areas most photogenic spots. Discover Yellow rock’s symphony of colors– the ice cream-like swirls of yellow, orange, white, red and pink. Hike to the top of the dome and take in amazing views of southern Utah and northern Arizona. Discover clear views of Castle Rock, No Man's Mesa and Hackberry Canyon. Hear stories and learn about the area from your guide as you explore this unique natural beauty.

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What people are saying about Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 8 reviews

The guide tour was good. However very poor website. I actually purchased 2 tickets unnecessarily for my wife and I. I thought this included tickets for two to enter the park. This borders on a bit of scammy situation in my opinion. Warning warning warning ,,,, So for any one reading this just be aware to buy only one tour for your car and you have to buy tickets to enter at the park entrance.

This was an informative guide. There were lengthy gaps between chapters and we thought that these gaps could be filled in by providing more information or stories about the history in that area. We did notice some stories repeated between this guide and the Bryce Canyon guide. Overall this is a great way to have your own personal tour guide.

Fantastic trip. Our guide was very I formed with local plants and we had a great time.

The audio was awesome, learned a lot about the area and directions were very helpful!