This page contains links to our personal notes on our time spent in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.
After visiting Kodachrome Basin State Park we drove down to Grosvenor Arch in the new Monument. It is interesting in that it is so high up the cliff face when compared to many of the arches in Arches National Park and other similar areas. The strata that it is formed from is also less uniform in nature than the typical sandstone arch found in other areas of Utah.
The road in and out was very rutted and washboarded in many areas. It's a slow drive, but through some amazing country.
2004 Canyon Country Tour
We entered the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the newest monument in the United States Park System.
We stopped at an unnamed scenic overlook where we got a good photo opportunity of Powell Point on the tip of Table Cliff Plateau. We could also see Bryce Canyon National Park in the distance.
East of the town of Escalante we stopped at the Canyons of the Escalante Overlook and took photos of the sandstone formations and the distances across these weathered landscapes. Portions of the move Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were filmed in this area.
We stopped at the Boynton Overlook of Phipps-Death Hollow, overlooking the Escalante River and part of its canyon.
We stopped at the Calf Creek Overlook and took a few photos. We drove across The Hogback, where the cliffs fall off on either side of the highway into deep sandstone canyons below. Then we drove through Boulder, Utah and stopped at the Anasazi State Park for lunch and to look around.