Grand Staircase – Escalante

Sat, Oct 8, 2016

Carol and I are on our tenth day in Utah and visiting our fifth park: Grand Staircase – Escalante.  It’s a big one at nearly 1.9 million acres so there’s no way to see the whole thing.  But we had a good taste on the way in – maybe too much as Carol didn’t like the curves and sheer drop-offs so she rode in the back seat 🙂  And I was driving below the posted limit.

A quick word on the park’s name.  The ‘Grand Staircase’ is the cascading structure that’s mainly in the south.  We weren’t there so I can say for sure but the word is that the staircase is so big and gradual that it can’t be seen from a car or the trails.

Escalante, on the other hand, is a historic city that dates to the late 1700’s.

Here’s a shot from one of the lookouts along Utah Scenic Byway 12 and no, Carol didn’t get out of the car when I took this picture.

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And here’s another from a lookout as we were working our way down into the desert.  Too bad it was such a hazy day.

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