Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is located in southern Utah, approximately 290 highway miles south of Salt Lake City or 250 miles east of Las Vegas. Two paved roads provide access to the Monument: Highway 89 on the south and Highway 12 on the north. The Monument is REMOTE, and nearly all of its north to south roads are PRIMITIVE. Acquire good information before venturing into the Monument’s interior, including a good road map that is readable and understandable. Think of time and level of difficulty, not just miles. Choose roads and trails that match your vehicle, driving skills and experience. ALWAYS bring plenty of water, and make sure that your vehicle is in good working condition and adequately supplied for emergencies. [All vehicles and bicycles must stay on roads. Driving off roads is prohibited. CFR 8341.1 (c)].
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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a dramatic, multi-hued landscape that is rich in natural and human history. Extending across 1 million acres of Utah public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Monument represents a unique combination of archaeological, historical, paleontological, geological, and biological resources. These strikingly beautiful and scientifically important lands are divided into three distinct regions: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante.