Trip Reports: 2 Weeks In Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah - September 2019

In the second half of September Claudia, her father Gundolf, and I spent two weeks in one of our favorite canyon areas of southern Utah - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument*. During our first week we hiked through five different slot canyons, some of which were the narrowest slot canyons I've ever hiked (or squeezed) through! After that we repeated two of our favorite backpack trips through Coyote Gulch and Death Hollow, each 3-day journeys through magnificent spring fed canyons.

Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Gundolf, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Gundolf, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Peakaboo Canyon, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Peakaboo Canyon, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Spooky Canyon, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Spooky Canyon, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Dry Fork Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, camping, stars, truck, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Coyote Gulch, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Jacob Hamblin Arch, Utah, Escalante
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
Coyote Gulch, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, waterfall
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
Coyote Gulch, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
Coyote Gulch, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, Escalante
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Boulder Mail Trail, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Death Hollow, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Death Hollow, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Death Hollow, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, hiking
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Death Hollow, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, hiking, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Death Hollow, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Death Hollow, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Death Hollow, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, fish, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Henry Mountains, Utah, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Henry Mountains, Utah, lightning, Escalante
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

* In 2017, the president illegitimately ordered to reduce by half the area of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A lawsuit challenging the reduction is slowly working its way through the court system. If you care about preserving and protecting the unique landscapes of southern Utah, please join and donate to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance which is fighting for this cause.