Utah Parks, October 17-31, 2016
Part 4 - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

"The Grand Staircase refers to an immense sequence of sedimentary rock layers that stretch south from Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, through Zion National Park, and into the Grand Canyon National Park." It can be imagined "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 youngest (uppermost) are the Pink Cliffs of Bryce Canyon. (Quotes from Wikipedia article "Grand Staircase".)

(Diagram in Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=314356)

It's not possible to see the Grand Staircase as such from any one place, and in any case our route from Bryce Canyon took us northeast, not south toward the Grand Canyon. But we did pass through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a very scenic route. (Eventually, heading back to the Las Vegas airport through southern Utah, we passed by the Vermillion Cliffs, one of the bottom steps of the Staircase.)

Chimney Rock in Kodachrome Basin State Park, east of Bryce Canyon.

A spire in Kodachrome Basin.

View from Head of the Rocks Overlook, east of the town of Escalante.

View from Boynton Overlook.

Ruins at Anasazi State Park Museum, near the town of Boulder, Utah.

Detail of a restored Anasazi house.

A doorway in the restored house.

View from Larb Hollow Overlook, including Lower Bowns Reservoir.

Throughout southern Utah, cows grazed on an "open range" basis.

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Last updated November 10, 2016