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.
Drove down the road to the trailhead in a sedan in dry conditions. It was by far the most stressful driving experience of my life. Maybe I just suck at driving with mud tracks, but I wouldn't advise going down this road on anything smaller than an SUV.
Despite the dread of driving 8 miles back to the highway this was an absolutely amazing hike. The only other slot canyon I've visited was antelope and this blows it out of the water. The canyon walls weren't as majestic but the desolation of the place makes it feel like a real adventure. We only encountered 2 groups in our 3 hours there - which was both frightening and cool.
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.