Grand Staircase Escalante Adventure Vacation, April 30 - May 3, 2009
To the right is Willis Creek, a "family friendly" slot canyon in the Grand Staircase Escalante area.
Below is Lower Calf Creek Falls - 126 foot cascade, reached by a 2.75 mile trail - one way
Above is Anazazi State Park, in Boulder, Utah.
In the 1870s, geologist Clarence Dutton described the Grand Staircase as a "huge stairway ascending out of the bottom of the Grand Canyon northward with the cliff edge of each layer forming giant steps." The steps rise 5500' from the floor of the Grand Canyon to the edge of the jagged Paunsaugunt Plateau at Bryce Canyon. The distinct steps are the Vermilion Cliffs, the White Cliffs, the Gray Cliffs and the Pink Cliffs.
Above is Escalante State Park, where we camp. An amazing Petrified Forest hike borders the campsite. Before we visit our favorite slot canyons (Peek a Boo and Spooky) we stop at Devil's Garden down Hole In The Rock Road. Upper and lower Calf Creek Falls are also incredibly beautiful favorite hiking desinations. On our way to Southern Utah, we'll hike in Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Kodachrome Basin State Park. The Grand Staircase Escalante area is extremely unique and rare when it comes to outdoor adventure, unlike anything else you'll ever see in other parts of the world. My good friend in Escalante, who works for the BLM and knows this land well, is our guide and helps us explore this amazing, awesome, area in a safe way.
And yes, there is time to soak up the sun and just sleep!