Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration.
Such a fun hike. The falls at the end is so rewarding. It's rated as moderate, but most was fairly easy. We got to the falls in less than an hour. Temperatures stayed around 35-40*. My husband and I only saw a few other hikers. This time of the year is worth it if you want to beat the crowds. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
I did this trail in late July. I started at 8am and had no trouble parking. When I returned to my car, though, there were people just idling in the lot waiting for a spot, so get there early!
The hike itself is pretty flat and stays relatively cool because it follows a river through a canyon. Watch out for critters in the brush, I got creeped out more than once doing this trail alone. The falls are spectacular! Take a swim, but be warned that it's snow melt and is freezing cold! I spent a couple hours swimming and the drying out in the sun and repeating. The area surrounding the waterfall and the pool at its base are all fine sand.
Around 11 a lot of people started started showing up, so I left. On my way back, I encountered a lot of families; it looked like it was going to get pretty crowded.
Wonderful trail. Many colors of sandstone from almost white to red. Green trees and a beautiful waterfall with a multi-colored pool and if you are fortunate a blue sky with fluffy white clouds but unfortunately not today. Only saw five people on the trail instead of the endless like of people in the summer. Great time to visit this time of year and have the waterfall all to yourself and be able to take pictures with no-one in the pool.
Zhou (Joe) Y. on Toadstool Hoodoos Trail
short and sweet. a must stop even for families with kids.
Emily M. on Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail
Gorgeous waterfall! Loved walking in the water, so refreshing ! Very straightforward trail.
Great short, easy, hike through a very nice slot canyon that looks like pictures you've seen of cool red-rock rippled-by-water slot canyons.
Right before you enter the initial slot, look on your right for a cairn and an arrow made of rocks pointing up slope so that when you return out of the initial slot (because it is now blocked by a drop that you cannot scramble down), you can walk up, over, and around the large rock formation/hill and back down to the other side of the first slot's opening. Another slot starts starts again soon and you can walk through it to the confluence with Buckskin. At this confluence there is a large, awesome blind arch on the right. We wondered if it would evolve into an open arch at some point in the long march of geological time. Wire pass was dry but Buckskin was wet, sticky, heavy mud and we could only go north or south on that trail for a 100' or so.
Guide books say not to drive on road to the trail because the mud will 'make a mockery' of your 4 wheel drive. More to the point is that the road will likely be impassable because of numerous washes which cross it (they would be flowing with water).
Emily M. on Escalante Natural Bridge
Nice stroll along the river, a few semi-deep river crossings so wear sandals or water shoes and shorts! No difficulty whatsoever but pleasant + nice bridge. Our intro hike to Escalante!