The Grand Staircase-Escalante is a large National Monument in southern Utah. It was originally established in 1996 by President Bill Clinton as a 1,880,461 acre monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM,). In 2017 President Donald Trump reduced the size of the monument to 1,003,863 acres. There are 3 distinct areas of the monument, the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon. It's one of the more diverse monuments and is most often characterized by it's colorful cliffs, slot canyons, and various desert monoliths.
I went there for the first time in March 2017 and spent some time in the Paria area, which is basically this road leading to the remains of a ghost town. I thought it would actually be a ghost town with buildings and what not but it's really just some markers of where the town used to be, although the graveyard is still there. The easily definable layers in the cliffs and the vast stretches of the plateaus and mesas in this area give a clear view of the staircase that gives the monument it's name. You can see an image I captured from just off the road here on the top of this post. And keep in mind this "road" is not for the faint of heart. It seems like a normal dirt road when you first start out but around a particular corner the you'll find yourself driving on the top of these cliffs that drop off on either side. It's really not as bad as it feels once you step out of the car though, and in my opinion the best views are from the side of this road.
I was back in the staircase almost exactly one year later (this past March) and hiked into the famous Toadstool Hoodoos. This is one of the more surreal places in the area in my opinion. It's maybe a mile hike into the back area where you reach a plateau lined with cliffs and these odd shaped monoliths jutting out all over it.
The hike isn't all too strenuous, but does require you to either not mind walking on a one foot wide path with a 30 foot drop on either side or find a way to climb up a 5-10 foot cliff. Either way being there is definitely worth it.
That's all I've seen so far of this monument, I'll just keep chipping away at seeing little pieces of it. The small sections I have seen are definitely worth a visit though.