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.