Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

When I started the day Thursday my plan was to take the scenic route down to Bryce Canyon National Park.  To do that I would head east from where I am staying in Joseph as if I were going back to Capitol Reef National Park.  When I got to the town of Torrey I would then turn right and head south on scenic Route 12 towards Bryce.  Little did I know that that road would take me somewhere else first.

Looking at the map I thought this National Monument was further south and east than it is.  I was planning to visit it the next day.  Well, the next day turned into today (Thursday).

Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument is an area encompassing a whopping 1.88 million acres!  That works out to roughly 2,900 square miles.  That is 100 square miles less than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

After passing through the little town of Boulder, Utah I started to get my first glimpse.  I am only posting some of what I saw from Boulder to when I arrived at Calf Creek Falls Campground and Recreation Area.  I’ll have a story to tell about that place tomorrow, when I’ll post more pictures of what I saw at Calf Creek and beyond.

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Life will find a way.   This little plant is growing…..

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….way up on top of this big rock (upper center of photo below).

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