The Grand Staircase Escalante Monument is a geologic wonderland of twisted, fantastic formations. It contains arches, slot canyons, beautiful vistas, Anasazi/Ancient Puebloan ruins, dinosaur bones, and petrified forests. With over 2 million acres, it is a vast expanse of land only a few know very well. Southwest Adventure Tours and our strategic partner, Paria Outpost and Outfitters, can offer you a wide variety of hikes throughout the area. With over 15 years of experience guiding throughout this part of the Southwest, we will take you to destinations only a few know about or have had the opportunity to visit. Here is a list of a few of the hikes that we offer:
Wahwaep Hoodoos (8 Mile Roundtrip)
The Wahweap Hoodoos offer you some great photographic scenery. With a nickname of White Ghosts, these unique sandstone rock formations will amaze you.
Sidestep Canyon (6 Mile Roundtrip)
This unique canyon has extremely strange green and pink hues to it. Scattered with a variety of balanced rocks and hoodoos, it is just as good as Coyote Buttes and White Pocket as far as photogenic scenery is concerned.
The Rimrocks (1.5 Mile Roundtrip With Some Moderate Climbing)
These beautiful rock formations are balanced rocks with brown tops and tall white necks set in a bleached white valley that hangs off the side of a cliff. It is similar to the Wahweap Hoodoos.
Cockscomb area (Varied Distances)
This unique photographic and hiking location is bisected by Hackberry Canyon and bordered by Yellow Rock and Castle Rock. Both areas contain colorful twisted formations. It is a steep 30-minute hike to the top of the Cockscomb, but worth the effort. After that you can choose how far and where you want to go. We will visit Hackberry Canyon itself as part of this excursion.
Deer Range Point (6 Miles Roundtrip)
This point overlooks Paria Canyon and has great colorful rocks, lots of hoodoos, plus a slot canyon. It is a great all-day photo and hiking tour in an out-of-the way but beautiful spot. This is where you can see some excellent Anasazi/Ancient Puebloan Ruins on the way to Kitchen Canyon.
We offer you the opportunity to experience this area on a multi-day adventure. We can backpack through these different areas, or set up a base camp and then visit each area and many others throughout this wonderful National Monument. With years of experience our guides will guarantee you have one of the best hiking, camping, and photography tours possible.
Here is a list of the areas we can visit:
- Paria River
- Cottonwood Canyon Road
- Hackberry Canyon
- Cockscomb/ Yellow Rock/ Castle Rock
- Toadstools/ Hoodoos
- Paria Movie Set area and Historic Old Pahreah Town site
- Petroglyphs/ Anasazi/Ancient Puebloan Ruins
- Smokey Mountain Road
- Mollies Nipple/ Kitchen Wash/ Deer Range Point/ No Mans Mesa
- Buckskin Gulch/ Teepees