Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was created controversially, but has since grown into one of southern Utah’s most renowned outdoor playgrounds. With endless hiking and backpacking opportunities, the national monument itself could take decades to begin to explore thoroughly. It features popular and sometimes even crowded hikes, such as Lower Calf Creek Falls, as well as many trails and destinations that are completely off the radar, such as deep in the Escalante River and its tributaries. Put simply, the area has unprecedented desert hiking opportunities so matter the skill level.

The Toadstools

Hiker Looking Up Toward Toadstools

The Toadstools Trail is a quick and easy hike found along Highway 89 in the southern part of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, situated between the towns of Page, AZ and Kanab, UT.

Highway 12 in Southern Utah Road Trip

Highway 12 in Southern Utah

Highway 12 in southern Utah is a breathtaking journey past some of southern Utah’s most picturesque features, including Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, and Capitol Reef National Park.

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