Things To Do

Recreational opportunities abound around every turn of the highway's 120 miles. Travelers will find everything from hiking and fishing opportunities to excellent photographic moments. Some may wish to soak their feet in a cool mountain stream after a near-perfect perfect lunch. Others will find recreation in camping, biking, Grand Staircase - Escalanteoff-road adventures, or a variety of winter activities. Whatever your interests, you have come to the right place.

Scenic Drives
Many of the principal roads to and through the Monument have been designated scenic backways, providing off-the-beaten-path adventure into the monument. A word of caution: all roads within the Monument's interior, except for portions of the Burr Trail and the Johnson Canyon Road, are unpaved. The principal access roads within the Monument are dirt or gravel surfaced and intermittently maintained late spring through fall. Un-maintained routes are rough, rocky, or traverse areas of deep sand requiring high clearance or 4WD. Bad weather can leave any dirt or gravel road impassable, sometimes for several days. Carry extra clothing, food, and water. Some roads become slippery when wet. All dirt roads should be avoided during inclement weather.

       The following are some Suggested Activities to consider:
               Burr Trail
              
Hell's Backbone
             
Highway 12
      
         Historic Hole-in-the-Rock Road

Hiking
Perhaps the best way to explore the high country trails, slot canyons and desert plateaus is by foot. Regardless of the route chosen, you are certain to discover natural wonders seen by very few lucky souls. Even though developed trails are Hikers - Exploring the high country trails!nearly nonexistent, there are hundreds,if not thousands, of miles of outstanding hiking routes found in the Escalante Canyons, the upper Paria drainage, and other areas.

Spring (March through May) and Fall (September through October) are usually the ideal times to hike or backpack. A good map and route finding abilities are a must. Self-register at established trail heads or obtain a free backpacking permit at the Interagency Office. This permit is required for all overnight trips in the back-country. Please be certain to leave no trace of your passing.

Biking
During warm weather, generally March through October,the 7,000 to 11,000 foot high mountain plateaus remain cool, making them perfect for bicycling. Routes include single and double track trails, forest roads, and pioneer trails. Forests of pine, aspen, fir, juniper, and pinion change with each season, from spring greens to autumn's kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows, making mountain biking an enjoyable activity year-round. * The Hole-in-the-Rock Road, Burr Trail, Cottonwood Canyon, the Wolverine Loop, and the Paria Valley roads offer good routes.

- - Shuttle services are offered throughout the area, and a full-color tabloid is available at the information centers in both Boulder and Escalante.

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