Grand Staircase Escalante
National Monument

Camping and Lodging

Overview - Climate/ Maps - Things To Do - Description - Nearby



There is no lodging within the National Monument. Nearby lodging can be obatined in Kanab, Utah. For more information - Click on City for Rates, availability and reservation online.


You can access the Monument through two main avenues of travel. Visitors are enchanted by beautiful Scenic Highway 12 in the northern portion of the Monument. In the southern portion, Highway 89 between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona offers spectacular vistas of the Vermilion Cliffs layer of the Grand Staircase geologic feature.

Other roads that are partially surfaced include the Burr Trail (to Capitol Reef National Park) and Johnson Canyon (to the Skutumpah turn off). Gravel roads include the Glendale Bench road and a portion of Hole-in-the-Rock road. Driving conditions on sandy and clay roads, such as Cottonwood (connecting Kodachrome State Park with Highway 89), Smoky Mountain, Skutumpah, and Croton, depend on weather and current maintenance status. When wet, these roads are impassable to all vehicles. Please check current road conditions before traveling on these routes.

Park Campgrounds

Posy Lake
On Hells Backbone Road north of Escalante
Day use and camping areas, water.
Lake stocked with trout

Blue Spruce Campground
On Hells Backbone Road
Small campground

Calf Creek Recreation Area
On Highway 12, 16.3 miles from Escalante
Water, campground, reserved day use area, 3 mile hike to Calf Creek Falls

Deer Creek Campground
6 miles east of Boulder on Burr Trail
Primitive campground, rest rooms, no water

Backcountry Camping

Numerous opportunities for backcountry camping exist throughout the Monument, and this is by far the most common form of camping in this remote region. Observe all rules, regulations and procedures associated with camping in national monuments, and be especially careful to always carry enough water, both because of extreme heat and the unavailability of potable water in this vast wildenress.

Check for maps and details at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center.

Additional Camping

Though limited camping opportunities are available within the boundaries of the Monument, excellent lodging and camping facilities are available in the surrounding communities.

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
1 mile west of Escalante
Showers, Hookups, RV and tent campsites, entry fee

Oak Creek Campground
Highway 12 on Boulder Mountain
Water, rest rooms, fee area

Pleasant Creek Campground
Highway 12 on Boulder Mountain
Water, rest rooms, fee area

Paria Canyon Adventure Ranch Campground & Hostel Hwy 89 between Kanab and Lake Powell (Mile Marker 22) Scenic camping, bathhouse, trail rides 928-660-2674

Triple S RV Park
495 West Main
Escalante, Ut 84726

Singletree Campground
Highway 12 on Boulder Mountain
Water, rest rooms, fee area

For information concerning camping and other travel services in the Monument area, contact:

Kane County Travel Council
78 South 100 East
Kanab, UT 84741
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Garfield County Travel Council
P.O. Box 200, 55 South Main Street
Panguitch, UT 84759
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

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