South Central Utah

Location: The south central portion of the state to the south of I70 and east of Utah 89 encompassing the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park and Bryce National Park.

Featured Hikes

Zebra Canyon slot

Zebra Canyon and Tunnel Slot

Distance: 5.3 - 7.2 miles (Round Trip)

Beautiful Zebra Canyon, a narrow, convoluted slot streaked with pink and white stripes, will delight hikers of all ages. Combine the hike with nearby Tunnel Slot, a long narrow slot, for a great day hike down the Hole in the Rock Road.

The colors of the canyon walls contrast nicely with the clear blue sky

Escalante River Trail

Distance: 5.0 - 14.0 miles (Round Trip)

This beautiful hike, one of my favorites in the Escalante area, travels through a gorgeous canyon beneath towering white Navajo and red Wingate sandstone walls.

Phipps Arch

Phipps Arch

Distance: 8.8 - 10.4 miles (Round Trip)

This scenic hike visits an interesting arch set high atop the north wall of Phipps Wash. An optional extension travels to Maverick Bridge.

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Distance: 5.8 miles (Round Trip)

This good introductory hike to the Escalante National Monument travels up a scenic canyon and leads to the base of lower Calf Creek Falls, a beautiful 126-ft. tall cascade.

Close up of the natural bridge

Lower Escalante River Trail

Distance: 4.0 - 14.0 miles (Round Trip)

A scenic canyon with an interesting natural bridge, an arch, rock art and a small ruin make for a nice day hike in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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The Region, the Hikes & the Base Camps

The 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, along with Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce National Parks, a variety of BLM lands and State Parks, protect large swaths of south central Utah. Numerous hiking trails penetrate this amazing landscape allowing hikers to wander through the stone forests formed by the pink and white hoodoos at Bryce National Park, to spend days roaming the vast and rugged plateaus and multi-hued cliffs of the Grand Staircase and Canyons of the Escalante and to explore the hidden treasures of the Waterpocket Fold and Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park.

Base Camp Information: Escalante / Bryce / Capitol Reef