Utah: Grand Staircase Escalante

The drive to Bryce Canyon City was an uneventful one. Scenic, but uneventful. We arrived mid-afternoon to a town pretty much the span of a block, serving as a base for visitors to Bryce Canyon. The day after, the weather took a turn for the worse. We were met with drizzle and large gusts of wind, which led us to drive out further to hopefully escape the rain.

We passed by a few little towns, including Escalante, which was a haven for the outdoorsy. Grand Staircase Escalante isn’t set up like usual national parks – it’s more rugged terrain for seasoned adventurers, hikers, rock climbers, off roaders, etc. to go about their own thing. We were none of the above, so instead, we continued on Scenic Byway 12.

Essentially, the premise of the day was that we’d just stop by wherever there was a lookout. Most of the 2-3 hour drive was spent on winding roads, listening to interesting radio broadcasts, on and off rain, and some snow (at which point, we turned back). It was calming, relaxing and what I’ve needed for awhile.

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