The Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument is in south central Utah, at the south edge of Boulder Mountain/Aquarius Plateau, and west of Capitol Reef National Park.   Utah State Route 12 traverses the northern and portion this glorious area.   The Escalante National Monument was established by the great President Bill Clinton near the end of his second term.   The small town of Boulder occurs on the southeastern foot of Boulder Mountain, at the northern edge of the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument.
The photographs in the following pages were taken over several years of driving (4-wheel drive) and hiking, almost exclusively during the summer months.   I traveled to Utah with Nancy Breslin, and we base our explorations out of a cabin in Boulder purchased by her mother in the 50s, now owned by her brother John Austin.   Places hiked include Escalante River, Death Hallow, Deer Lake, The Gulch, Calf Creek (Upper Calf Creek Falls), Kodachrome Basin, and Hell's Backbone.
All photos copyrighted by David L. Magney 2003-2005.