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Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat. Monument, UT – Camping

A real camping experience for you and your dog.

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    A real camping experience for you and your dog.

    Special Interest: CampingGreat OutdoorsHikingSports - Water

    Not all of the most gorgeous areas in Utah are open to dogs, but this is one truly majestic area that is dog friendly – all 1.7 million acres of it! That’s a lot of space for you and your dog to explore! The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (Escalante, UT) consists of 3 sections: Grand Staircase cliffs and terraces, Kaiparowits Plateau, and Escalante River Canyons (Canyons of the Escalante). The Grand Staircase sit just between Bryce Canyon (not so dog friendly) and the Grand Canyon.

    Calf Creek, Deer Creek, and White House are developed campgrounds available for a fee. These are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, no advanced reservations. Calf Creek is located off Highway 12 and includes 13 sites with running water and flush toilets. Deer Creek campground is also off Highway 12 and consists of 7 sites without running water. It’s more primitive than Calf Creek. The White House campground is small with only 5 sites, but also covers the Paria Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. If you are thinking about camping somewhere less remote, and possibly have a family with you, consider one of the campgrounds in surrounding areas such as Kanab. Backcountry camping is free, but requires a permit. Overnight car camping also requires a permit. Permits are available at trailheads and at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center. Dogs must be kept on leash and attended at all times.

    Don’t count on just stopping by and deciding where to go. The entire area is huge so we do recommend advanced planning to figure out exactly where you want to go! We at least can give you a concise summary and point you to some sources that will help you out. Stop by one of several visitor centers along either Highway 12 (north) or 89 (south) when you get there for more information and last minute park notices or area closures. Don’t forget to grab a USGS map and free permit if staying overnight. Four major cities in the area include, Cannonville, Escalante, Kanab, and Big Water. It’s a good idea to stop by one of these cities to stock up on food and essentials before you head out to backcountry.

    The Bureau of Land Management puts out a nice brochure and an interactive map to help plan your trip. has an easy to follow guide to hiking the area on their website.

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    Location: Escalante, UT | Garfield County | Utah
    Activities: Camping, Backpacking, Swimming

    TAGS: Backpacking, Calf Cree, Camping, Deer Creek, Escalante, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Hiking, Swimming, Utah, Walking, White House

    Items Needed: Water, Poop Bags, First Aid Kit, Tick Removal Tool, 6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash or Hands-Free Leash, Paw Protection, Reflective Gear On Your Dog, Other Appropriate Gear & Food, Extra Socks, Appropriate Gear for Knee-Deep Water.

    Safety: It's a good idea to go with another buddy (human) in case of an emergency. You will be far from developed areas. What you bring in the park, you must bring out. The best time to go is early spring or fall. Summer is usually too hot for dogs. Don't forget to bring filtered water for your dog to drink! Never leave your dogs in the car unattended if it is too hot out! Watch out for rain in the forecast. Flash floods are known to occur in the area. If it happens to be thundering, avoid going to the highest points and do not stand under a tree. A few of the side canyons may have very high water, so please inquire about conditions at the visitor center before you go. If you are camping, select a campsite away from water and on high ground. Traps have been found in the area so watch your dog so that he doesn't stray onto hidden areas where he may also encounter wild animals, scorpions, rattlesnakes, or other insects and poisonous plants. Phone reception is limited.

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