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Grand Staircase Escalante

WHERE THE DINOSAURS LIVED

NORTH LAKE POWELL’S ESCALANTE RIVER

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Located near the Kanab entrance of Lake Powell, Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument spans 1.9 million acres of miraculous wilderness.  The lower section of the Escalante River, approximately 12 miles, can be reached by boat from the main channel of Lake Powell.

The Grand Staircase Escalante is ruffly the size of Deleware and beneath it, has some buried surprises. This monument is the world’s center for dinosaur finds.  In 2007, 2 new horned dinosaur species were discovered.

A KAYAKER’S PARADISE

The vast land houses a large array of recreational activities for everyone.  Enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, hunting and fishing. Much of the Escalante River has narrow passages making this river a Kayaker’s paradise!  Want to take your 4-wheeler out for a spin? Nearly 10,000 miles of roads and trails are open to all-terrain vehicles.

All Escalante drainage canyons feature excellent hiking.

LOCATION

The Escalante River Arm (Mile 68) is Lake Powell’s second largest river arm.  It has no channel markers so boaters, be cautious.  There are campsites and scenic canyons and lots of good hikes.

The upper canyon of the Escalante Arm can be explored only by those willing to backpack long distances.  The lower canyons can be toured by boat, or by taking short hikes from the lake’s edge.  The river arm is about a 3-hour houseboat cruise from Bullfrog Marina. View map for specific location.

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