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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument occupies the largest land area of any
National Monument at 1.9 million acres. It extends from Bryce Canyon National Park
in the west to Capitol Reef National Park in the northeast, Glen Canyon in the east,
and the Utah/Arizona border in the south. This section contains pages of scenery
within the Grand Staircase Escalante and just outside the borders, including the
Grosvenor Arch, Kodachrome Basin, Devil’s Garden, Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon,
Calf Creek Canyon, and some overlooks and scenery on Scenic Byway 12,
which forms the northern border to the Grand Staircase Escalante NM.

The Escalante area is named for the Spanish Franciscan Missionary,
Father Silvestre Velez de Escalante, who explored the region in 1776.

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Grand Staircase Index

Grosvenor Arch
Kodachrome Basin
Grand Staircase Scenic

Devil’s Garden
Calf Creek Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Grand Staircase Wildlife

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Grosvenor Arch     Kodachrome Basin     Grand Staircase Scenic
Devil's Garden     Calf Creek Canyon     Grand Staircase Wildlife     Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

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Grosvenor Arch

Grosvenor Arch is a spectacular double arch in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Well out in the middle of nowhere, 10 miles down a dirt road from Kodachrome Basin, the 152 foot
tall sandstone arch is one of the most magnificent spectacles in Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante.

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Grosvenor Arch, one of the most spectacular features in Grand Staircase Escalante, is
 an unusual double arch formed in a ridge of yellowish Henrieville Sandstone with darker
Cedar Mountain and Dakota Formation sedimentary rock forming the capstone layer.

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Grosvenor Arch from directly below, accented by feathery clouds in a polarized sky.
Grosvenor Arch stands 152 feet over the path, and the span of the main arch is 100 feet across.

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Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin State Park is a spectacular area in Southern Utah near Grand Staircase Escalante
National Monument. Deep in the heart of Red Rock Country, Kodachrome Basin is famous for its spires
and sandstone chimneys (called sand injectites or sedimentary pipes) which pierce the red-orange and
creamy vanilla sandstone landscape, along with hoodoos, desert foliage and picturesque hiking trails.

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A telephoto view of the Hoodoos in the Grand Parade area from Sentinel Trail.

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One of the sandstone pipes on the Sentinel Trail. The softer Entrada sandstone eroded
away (some remaining Entrada sandstone can be seen in the lower front) to leave the harder
cone-shaped intrusion. Several of this sort of sedimentary pipe can be seen in Kodachrome Basin.

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Grand Staircase Scenic

GS Scenic displays images from Cannonville and Cottonwood Canyon Road in Paria Valley
on the western side of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and from overlooks on
Utah’s Scenic Byway 12, which skirts the northern border of the Grand Staircase Escalante.
The area has spectacular vistas and some of the most unusual landscape in Color Country.

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The Castle in the Air near Cannonville, Utah is formed from the light tan to white, red-banded
Cannonville Member of the Entrada Sandstone. This fine-grained sandstone and siltstone was
laid down during the Jurassic period in flat beds, which are weakly cemented with gypsum.

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Head of the Rocks Overlook on Scenic Byway 12 provides a vast sprawling vista of the colorful slickrock of the Escalante.

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Calf Creek Canyon and Escalante Canyon from the Million Dollar Road traversing the Hogback near Boulder, Utah.

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Table Cliff Plateau and Powell Point from Blues Overlook on Scenic Byway 12 in Grand Staircase.
Powell Point was named for John Wesley Powell, the explorer who first navigated the Grand Canyon.
He retraced his route in 1871-1872, and ascended to the Point in 1872 to get a better view of the area.

The spine of gray-green shale and the area between the Overlook and Powell Point is called the “Blues”.

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Devil's Garden     Calf Creek Canyon     Grand Staircase Wildlife     Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

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Devil’s Garden

17 miles down Hole in the Rock Road, a 57 mile dirt track traversing Grand Staircase Escalante
southeast from the town of Escalante to the Hole in the Rock at Lake Powell, is the Devil’s Garden.
Devil’s Garden is a 10 acre area of petrified sand dunes and unusually shaped hoodoos, arches,
and monoliths which offer one of the most interesting sights in the Grand Staircase Escalante.

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A view of Metate Arch, the Devil’s Heads or ‘goblins’, and the Amphitheater Hoodoos
from atop the Mushroom formation to the left of Metate Arch, with the Straight Cliffs at top left.

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One of the Devil’s Heads or ‘goblin hoodoos’
at the end of the Devil’s Garden Amphitheater.

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Some hoodoos can form whimsical caricatures
such as Ronald Reagan (lower left) and Jay Leno.

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The Devil’s Garden Mushrooms framing a Gnarled Juniper across the Dry Wash.

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Calf Creek Canyon

Calf Creek Canyon Recreation Area is on Scenic Byway 12 between Escalante and Boulder.
Calf Creek Canyon got its name when homesteaders weaned their calves in the box canyon
and erected a fence across the narrowest part of the canyon, part of which can still be seen.
Lush riparian vegetation surrounds Calf Creek on a trail between Navajo Sandstone cliffs,
which leads to a 126 foot waterfall considered to be the most elegant in the Southwest.

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The Navajo Sandstone cliffs in the narrow box canyon area of Calf Creek Canyon.

This narrow section of the canyon, filled with lush vegetation around Calf Creek, was
fenced in and used by early settlers to wean their calves, giving the canyon its name.

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At the right edge of the arch in the left center of the wall at left are the group of three Amphitheater pictographs. The more famous group of Calf Creek Pictographs are shown at right.

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This pictograph dates from the period prior to 1000 AD, and depicts two warrior figures flanking a shaman figure, with a smaller shaman figure in a lined robe at the lower right.

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Lower Calf Creek Falls is formed when Calf Creek plunges over a precipice,
through a V-shaped notch in the Navajo Sandstone wall. It plunges straight down
several feet onto a ledge, then springs out into space beyond an overhang gouged
into the cliff face. The falls then cascade down the cliff into the emerald pool below.
The white water of the falls contrast strongly with the reddish sandstone and blue
and green algae that has taken hold on sections of the cliff nearest the water.

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Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

26.2 miles down Hole in the Rock Road, a lightly maintained dirt track leading southeast into
Grand Staircase Escalante from the town of Escalante, is the Dry Fork Trailhead in Coyote Gulch.
A few miles of scrambling over slickrock marked with cairns leads to Dry Fork Wash, a tributary
of Coyote Gulch. Near the Dry Fork Narrows is the hanging slot canyon known as Peek-a-Boo.

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Navajo Sandstone domes and cliffs in the Coyote Gulch area, and Dry Fork Wash
at the bottom of the scene. At the lower left is the entrance to the Dry Fork Narrows,
and at left center (angling up and left) is the narrow, hanging Peek-a-Boo slot canyon.

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Dry Fork Narrows, upstream from Peek-a-Boo, was cut by the action of rushing water during flash floods in the area.

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The arch just inside the entrance to Peek-a-Boo, above which is the double pothole arch shown below.

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Shooting from the floor of the cavern at the top of the entrance arch and the double pothole arch.

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Part of a herd of ranch llamas in Loa, Utah near Capitol Reef National Park.

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A profile closeup of a domestic sheep on Boulder Mountain.

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A cow and her calf blocking Cottonwood Canyon Road.

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A composite of 12 of the 14 shots taken during a llama mating ritual
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The female approaches the male, sniffs his neck, bumps his chin, and they begin to neck-wrestle.
The female nuzzles the males ear, then bites his neck. The male responds by nipping her on the leg.
This begins an exchange of neck bites, during which the female seems to get the best of the encounter.
The male mounts the female in a kush (laying) position. Once finished, she stands up and the male bows.

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Grosvenor Arch     Kodachrome Basin     Grand Staircase Scenic
Devil's Garden     Calf Creek Canyon     Grand Staircase Wildlife     Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

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