The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab should be your first stop when planning a visit to this vast and remote region. Inquire here about canyoneering, hiking, mountain biking, ATV trails, scenic drives, adventure tours, maps and more. The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Visitor Center is located on East Center Street and is open year round.
A scenic drive through Cottonwood Canyon is a great way to begin exploring Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Gas up and check with the visitor center in Kanab for road closures prior to heading out. Take US-89 for 32 miles until you reach Cottonwood Canyon Road, then head north. The unpaved road follows Cottonwood Wash as it winds through rugged cliffs, red rock formations and open wilderness. You’ll pass the old Paria movie set. About 25.5 miles north of US-89, you’ll reach the unmarked trailhead for Cottonwood Wash Narrows. A moderate hike along Cockscomb ridge leads deep into this popular slot canyon enclosed by sheer sandstone walls. Next, continue north to nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park or to Grosvenor Arch, a massive natural sandstone arch standing 152 feet high and spanning 92 feet across.