Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) is located in southern Utah along the Utah-Arizona border. The Monument was originally designated by presidential proclamation in 1996, with an area of 1.8+ million acres. This was reduced in 2017 to just over a million acres by another presidential proclamation. The monument is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with visitor centers in Cannonville, Big Water, Escalante, and Kanab. I visited a few hundred of the million plus acres in 2002. My second visit was in Oct 2019, too long between visits.
Paria (originally Pahreah) is a ghost town on the Paria River. It was populated from 1870 to 1929, at which time the last lone resident left town. The town was used off and on from the 1940s to the 1970s for filming westerns. An old west town movie set was built about a mile west of Paria in 1961. The original movie set was heavily damaged by a flash flood in 1998, and rebuilt by the BLM from 1999-2001. Then the rebuilt set was destroyed by a (suspicious) fire in 2006. I don't think it was meant to be. I was there in 2002, so the photos below are of the rebuilt set.
Wire Pass Slot Canyon
The Wire Pass slot canyon hike is an easy hike that only requires a day pass. To get to Wire Pass turn onto House Rock Valley Road from US Hwy 89 a mile or two past Paria Outpost. Travel 8.5 miles south along the unpaved House Rock Valley Road to Wire Pass trailhead. There is a parking area and vault toilet at the trailhead. Part of the hike is on the Wave trail. Total distance to the junction of Wire Pass slot canyon and Bucksin Gulch is 1.7 miles, with about half a mile in Wire Pass slot canyon. Out and back is 3.4 miles on flat ground, with only one 8 foot drop along the way.
Burr Trail Road
Burr Trail Road (aka GSENM 100) started life as a cattle trail built by John Atlantic Burr. Now it's a paved road in the extreme northeastern part of GSENM, running from the boundary with Capitol Reef on the east to the town of Boulder on the west. I drove this road as part of the Loop-The-Fold tour in Oct 2019. Most of the photos in this section were taken in and around Long Canyon.
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