This was by far one of my favorite places in Utah. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is underrated and absolutely stunning. This waterfall behind me is called Lower Calf Creek falls, takes a small hike to get here but it’s worth every step.
Sat in Zebra Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT
Not the usual hiking gear, but the whole water element was a surprise, and we weren’t going to turn back after finding this place. We hiked through in just our underwear with no boots on, often reaching water that was chest-high. For the middle of summer, the water was surprisingly chilly, but it just added to the crazy experience. An unforgettable day amongst a summer of unforgettable days, 2014.
It’s easy to see why Lower Calf Creek Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, designated 20 years ago today. The hike traverses a lush streamside oasis that bisects the dramatic and harsh bedrock landscape east of the community of Escalante. Observant hikers on the 6 mile round-trip trek can spot pictographs and rock granaries perched on the opposite canyon walls as they wind up the cottonwood lined canyon. The hike is relatively level, but stretches of soft sand make it moderately strenuous.
At the end, the reward is a picture-perfect 126 foot cascade over a red-rock cliff. The green and yellow colors that line the contours of the column of water came from algae growing on the sandstone that thrive on the falls’ year-round flow. A must for your bucketlist!
Beyond its spectacular natural beauty, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah offers 1.9 million acres of cliffs, terraces, trails and views for your needed nature fix. Established 20 years ago today, the monument is an adventurer’s dream and a fantastic scientific resource for geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists and biologists. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
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On this day in 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the National Parks and Recreation Act
This [Act] reaffirms our Nation’s commitment to the preservation of our heritage, a commitment which strives to improve the quality of the present by our dedication to preserving the past and conserving our historical and natural resources for our children and grandchildren. It honors those who helped to shape and develop this Nation; it acknowledges our need to receive strength and sustenance from natural beauty; and it addresses the pressing need to improve recreational opportunities in our urban areas.
The BLM manages nearly 22.9 million acres of public lands in Utah, from the snow-capped peaks of remote mountain ranges to colorful red-rock canyons. Visit these stunning lands in 2016 for one-of-a-kind hikes, floats, camping and more! #getoutdoors