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Grand Staircase-Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante
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The Grand Staircase-Escalante Region encompasses the entire valley between the Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon National Park and ends just shy of Capitol Reef National Park. Each park has unique features with rolling prairie land, desert plains, and lush wood forests. The wildlife through the area is abundant, and there are many different monuments and geological wonders throughout the territory. The Grand-Staircase National Monument is not only the namesake of the destination, but also covers the most extensive section of the area. The monument is filled with monoliths, slot canyons, and other geological wonders.[1] Bryce Canyon, as well as the Dixie National Forest area, are also filled with hiking trails, forests, and natural arches.[2] The region only contains a few cities and towns; these include Connonville, Panguitch, and Escalante.

What Grand Staircase-Escalante is known for

This territory includes a national park, national monument, and a national forest. Because of this, there are many geographical wonders throughout the area. Visitors primarily come to explore each of the nationally-known areas and attractions. The destination has many different landscapes and wildlife areas. These include a low lying desert, coniferous forest, and red rock covered land.[8] When visiting the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, they can enjoy scenic drives and hike to the top of the monument's many plateaus. There are many popular hikes and camping grounds throughout the memorial. The hiking trails lead to waterfalls, natural bridges, and arches. Slot canyons and monoliths are also a popular activity among visitors.[1] 

The Dixie National Forest lines the southern half of the region. The forest is filled with a wide variety of plant and animal life. The park has over two million acres of land and divides the Great Basin and Colorado River.[3] Visitors can go fishing in lakes and ponds throughout the forest, hike the forest peaks, and observe wildlife. Just next to the Dixie National Forest is the Bryce Canyon National Park. This park is among the top five most popular national parks in Utah and the nation. The park is known for the hundreds of hoodoos, big and small, spread throughout the park. Hoodoos are thin rocky formations that protrude from the rock in spire formations. Additionally, within the national park visitors can ride horseback, rock climb, and fish.[4] Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was among the last places in the continental United States to be mapped and still has many uncharted areas, unlike other parks and forests in the area.[1] 

The most popular time for tourist visits are during the summer months. April through September is the warmest time of the month, and during those months, over sixty percent of the park and monument's guests visit the park. During the fall months, temperatures drop, but the Dixie National Forest still sustains many guests due to its changing landscape and active wildlife.[6] Guests who spend time in the destination during the winter months often go on snowmobiling tours, snow showing exhibitions, and enjoy winter sports. The area supports over three million visitors annually. Visitors come from all around the United States, though they most commonly come from California, Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona. Utah residents also spend a lot of time in the Grand Staircase-Escalante Region.[2] 

Visitors often spend time in the city of Escalante and Panguitch. Here they can enjoy local activities, including spending time at aquariums, movie theatres, and museums. There are also many children's parks and grassy commons throughout the cities for kids and family. The peak for business throughout the region comes with the rise in tourism. Most of the cities throughout the area rely on visitors to sustain their businesses. There are numerous hotels, campgrounds, and RV parks throughout the valley between the destination's attractions. Almost three-fourths of the destination is nationally owned, so there are not many areas where agricultural plants are produced. However, locals will often plant gardens and grow wheat, alfalfa, and plant orchards to grow food for themselves and their animals during the summer and fall.[8]


The Grand Staircase-Escalante Region is centered around Connonville, a small town between the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Dixie National Forest. The territory boundary spreads out from Connonville in every direction. To the northwest is Panguitch, a larger, more populous city near the northern half of the Bryce Canyon National Park.[5] 

The Grand Staircase-Escalante covers the entire southeast area of the destination, Bryce Canyon National Park fills the entire west side. The Dixie National Forest inhabits the southwest corner of the area, and the city of Escalante is to the north. The region's boundaries spread around two hundred miles in each direction. It takes an hour and a half to travel from one side of the territory to the other and but an hour to get from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the Bryce Canyon National Park. Escalante is just a thirty minutes drive from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's borders, and Panguitch is just a few miles from the edge of Dixie National Forest.[5] 

The area runs between the Great Basin and the Colorado River. The landscape features extensive forests, desert hills, and sprawling prairie lands.[8] The warmest and most popular time to visit the Grand Staircase-Escalante Region is during mid-July. The temperature peaks at around ninety degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest time of the year is during the months of December and January, with an average temperature of seventeen degrees. The weather throughout the territory often changes with warm days and cold nights. The destination receives anywhere between eleven and forty inches of rainfall annually and around twenty-nine inches of snow every year.[6] 

Because of the varying landscapes throughout the area, there is a wide variety of plant and animal life. Most commonly, visitors will see mule deer, bighorn sheep, cougars, mountain lions, cottontail rabbits, and coyotes.[7] Most of the plants throughout the destination are harsh weather plants meant to endure Utah's weather changes. These may include tree cacti, sagebrush, orchids, willows, and cottonwoods.[8]


The Paiutes initially inhabited the region. The tribe lived off the land exclusively until the first white settlers came to the area in 1866. The discovery of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was an accident when settlers took the wrong path through the valley. In 1996 the space was officially established.[1] Bryce Canyon became a park in 1923 and was discovered by J.W. Powell when he came across the horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters after discovering the Colorado River and Lake Powell.[2] The Dixie National Forest was established in 1851 when Brigham Young sent settlers to the area.[3] 

The Indians who first inhabited the land left behind a wide variety of artifacts and more. These things may include pictographs, petroglyphs, and even their own personal dwellings. The city of Panguitch was established in 1864 by Mormon settlers who farmed the area. Timber and Livestock industries flourished till WWI, when the resources in the area were exhausted.[5] Escalante was established in 1776, and ranching was the land's primary use within the city and its borders. Ruby's Inn was built some years before Bryce Canyon National Park was established and was the start of the construction of Route 63, which is now the main highway throughout the region.[9]

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Ruby's Inn is located in Bryce Canyon City, Utah. It near multiple national parks, the prime example of which is Bryce Canyon National Park, located one mile from Ruby's Inn. Red Canyon is 10 miles away from Ruby's Inn, and the Escalante Grand Staircase is about five miles away from the resort. The property is surrounded by many trees and the red rock mountains as a backdrop.

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Bryce Valley Ranch RV & Horse Park is located in Cannonville, Utah. The park is surrounded by horse and mule trails. Bryce Canyon National Park is twenty minutes from the property, and the land surrounding the Bryce Valley Ranch RV and Horse Park is used for agriculture. There are hundreds of herds of cattle and hayfields. The Paria River flows through the east side of the property, and a small riverside beach was cleared for guests to sit along. Cannonville is known for its rustic and outdoor culture. The desert climate of the area features land covered in red rock and hoodoos.

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Escalante Cabins & RV Park (Grand Staircase Resort)

Escalante, Utah

Escalante Cabins & RV Park (Grand Staircase Resort)

Escalante CabinsĀ & RV Park resides in a rural countryside location in the southcentral region of Utah. The property includes four cabins, one vacation home, one vacation casita, ten tent sites, and seventy-six full hookup RV slips. Trees, views, cliffs, dark skies, and mountains surround the environment, emanating a generally quiet atmosphere. Several attractions, such as Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons, Hole-In-The-Rock Road, Devil's Garden, and Calf Creek Falls, are near the campground. Property-wide Wi-Fi is available to guests during their stay, as well as air conditioning and heat in the cabins and vacation homes. The park started with one cabin and twenty-seven RV slips, but several additions to the property have included additional cabins and rentals, more machines in the laundromat, more RV sites, as well as larger, premium RV sites, and updates to the interior and exterior of all the structures.

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