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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.

Nice sandy hike for the most part of the trail. Minimal shade so don't forget the sunscreen. The waterfall is AMAZING! Too cold to swim though. All in all this hike was a blast!

One of our favorite hikes during our trip to Utah! Peek A Boo was like climbing through a natural jungle gym and Spooky was like nothing I had experienced before. We missed the entrance to Peek A Boo because we were unaware that you had to climb into the entrance (poor research on our part). We ran into a group that had hiked the gulches before and guided us in the right direction. About 200 yards into Spooky from Peek A Boo, you will run into an obstacle, which forces you to chose a way to descend. The safest way to us seemed to be a 6 ft+ drop onto a flat rock, but we weren't willing to risk it. We turned to go back through Peek A Boo, but luckily ran into an awesome group of locals, who brought webbing with them. Without these incredible people, we wouldn't have made it safely though Spooky. This portion of the hike is not for those who have a wider girth. The gulches are an unbelievable experience, but be prepared to rock scramble, potentially jump, and bring a LOT of water. Also, Ranger Mike at the trailhead is an awesome guy--take the time to speak with him!

We hiked this in mid-June at around 7am. The hike is not difficult, and the payoff is fantastic. We had the falls to ourselves for about an hour. The trail is very warm when it's not shaded, so make sure you and your dog have plenty of water.

Best word to describe the falls is WOW! Beautiful area and the falls are amazing. Water is cool and refreshing. Shortish hike. Easy incline. Did this with the scouts. Going to take the fam down next. Be sure to grab a trail map guide to show you where the cool stuff along the hike are. Petroglyphs are not to be missed. Nice and shady for part of the hike and around the falls. Bring plenty of water or filter. Don't let the heat get the best of you.

Short and easy hike mostly in the sun, bring some water. Worth doing if you are in the area.

Spectacular waterfall that any outdoor enthusiast should experience. We brought our puppy with us and tried it at 1:30pm on July 2 however, the sand was WAY too hot for his paws so I had to carry him back to the parking lot on my shoulders. (Which was almost a mile!) We went in to the town of Escalante and bought a wax called "Musher's Secret" at one of the local outdoorsman stores and woke up at 7am the next morning to tackle the trail. It took us about 2 hours to reach the Falls and the sand was still cool to the touch. On the way back, around 11am or so, the sand was pretty hot but the wax worked great for him. Just had to stop at each Creek entrance to let him cool down to avoid heat exhaustion. This is all just for someone considering taking their dog to the falls in the summer. I wish I would have had this advice before I put him through that pain on the first attempt. Great hike! Getting in the pool is SO refreshing after hiking in the desert heat! And the view of the waterfall will stay in my mind for a lifetime!

off road driving
15 days ago

Not much of a hike, there's a paved path to the arch and some dirt trails you can walk around to explore. The arch was fantastic but I didn't care for the drive. We drove a 4 wheel drive truck but saw people driving down the bumpy dirt road with RV rentals.

off road driving
15 days ago

Not much of a hike. The road leading there is quite bumpy at times. We had the place to ourselves. The rock formations were neat to see. There's picnic areas but they aren't in the shade. Can get quite hot in the summer.

Overall this was an easy trail, the sand and sun make it tough. I had to dump out all the sand in my shoes and socks at the waterfall and again at the parking lot. I would not recommend bringing a stroller, we saw a family that did and had to leave it behind for part of the trail. The waterfall at the end was gorgeous! The parking lot is small and fills up quick.

on Devils Garden

16 days ago

16 days ago

Great waterfall

Did it with 5 children ages 5-14. Everyone loved it and the kids had a lot of freedoms to hike by themselves. The hike from peek-a-boo to spooky was hot and sandy but well worth it. We all enjoyed Peek-a-Boo more than Spooky. I'd recommend going up Peek-a-Boo and down Spooky.

Went right before sunset. No one else was there and the shadows were delightful.