Things To Do

“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than any city on earth.” – Steve McQueen

Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument and the surrounding area offers an endless list of things to do. Escalante Outfitters is in the prime location for exploring Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Escalante arm of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Boulder Mountain (Dixie National Forest), and Capital Reef National Park. We are 50 miles East of Bryce Canyon, 60 miles West of Capital Reef, and the Grand Staircase is on our door step. All places offer a wide variety of hiking and scenic driving. The canyons of the Escalante offer endless exploring and you can go for days without seeing anyone.

Here is a list of Escalante Outfitters top 9 things to do:

  1. Fly-fishing! on the lakes of Boulder Mountain and the desert streams of the Grand Staircase – Escalante (what can we say – we love fly-fishing, especially when there is no one else on the lakes!) Check out the fly-fishing page for all kinds of beta and fish photos.
  2. When not fishing there are some really cool hiking and 2-3 day backpacking routes in the canyons of the Grand Staircase – some of our favorites are historic pioneer and cowboy routes used before Highway 12 was built. Many of these places are part of our Natural History Tours.
  3. Visit the National Parks surrounding Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. Escalante Outfitters is located right in the middle of Bryce Canyon National Park and Captial Reef National Park on Scenic Highway 12 – there is so much to do and see at Bryce Canyon and Captial Reef that we created a page just for them, check it out.
  4. Not only are we surrounded by National Parks, but we also have 3 really cool State Parks close by. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is just 2 miles outside of Escalante, Anasazi State Park is 30 miles West of Escalante, and Kodachrome Basin State Park is 30 miles East of Escalante. All 3 parks have educational programs, hiking, and picnic areas. Check out the Utah State Parks site for more info.
  5. Looking for the perfect hiking trail to take the family on that has it all; ruins, pictographs, petroglyphs, old cowboy settlements and a beautiful waterfall? Calf Creek Falls and campground is where it is at. Located between Escalante and Boulder on Highway 12, it is the perfect day trip.
  6. While touring around Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument take the historic Hell’s Backbone road to get between Escalante and Boulder. You will soon discover why it is called ‘Hell’s Backbone’. The road takes the high route over Boulder Mountain, lending to some killer views of the mountain and canyons below. This was the road used before Highway 12 was built.
  7. Horse back riding is a beautiful and peaceful way to see the area. There are outfitters in both Grand Staircase – Escalante and Bryce Canyon that offer day rides and/or multiple day trips. See the local links page for more info on guides and outfitters in the area.
  8. Ready to take things up a notch? There are many technical canyons in Grand Staircase – Escalante and Glen Canyon to beef up your canyoneering resume. Check out our store and local links pages for books, maps, and local canyoneering guide services.
  9. Take a picnic to Devils Garden, a short drive down Hole-in-the Rock road (in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument) and spend the afternoon checking out the natural arches and geological formations.

To plan your hiking/backpacking/camping/canyoneering/driving adventure, see our on-line store for all the books, maps and gear you need. Many local guide services offer trips from short day hikes to extended technical overnight trips. For more information on local guides services, see our Local Links page. And, of course, feel free to contact us for more information!