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Grosvenor Arch
Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, Utah

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On the road to Grosvenor Arch, Grand Staircase-Escalante

On the road to Grosvenor Arch, Grand Staircase-Escalante

The road to Grosvenor Arch branches off the Cottonwood Road, which runs 47 miles across the national monument. Unpaved roads in this area (there are no paved ones) are usually okay for pickups and 4wd when dry, but rain or snow will make the surface amazingly slippery and the roads impassable.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: May 1, 2014
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Grosvenor Arch near the Cottonwood road

Grosvenor Arch near the Cottonwood road

Like a natural form of Gothic architecture, the fins and arches resemble flying buttresses, peaked roofs, and towers.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: May 1, 2014
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Grosvenor Arch close up

Grosvenor Arch close up

As can be seen here, Grosvenor Arch is actually a double arch, a large one and a much smaller one to the left.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: May 1, 2014
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At the base of Grosvenor Arch

At the base of Grosvenor Arch

The arch was named for the president of the National Geographic Society when it sponsored an expedition to this area in 1948. On the same occasion they named Kodachrome Flat for the new film they were using

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: May 1, 2014
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Grosvenor Arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grosvenor Arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The left side of the Grosvenor Arch promontory looks more like a port-hole than an arch. Forest of pinyon pine and juniper with sagebrush and rabbitbrush.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: May 1, 2014
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Accessible viewpoint for Grosvenor Arch

Accessible viewpoint for Grosvenor Arch

Even Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is getting civilized, as exemplified by this paved wheelchair path to Grosvenor Arch - seventeen miles from the nearest paved road.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: May 1, 2014
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Camping near Grosvenor Arch

Camping near Grosvenor Arch

No campground necessary - dispersed camping is the norm at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Our little camper is self-sufficient, we just need to drive for an hour every other day to recharge the battery, and top up the water tanks once in a while. This primitive campsite is just around the corner from Grosvenor Arch.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: May 1, 2014
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On the Cottonwood road in Grand Staircase-Escalante

On the Cottonwood road in Grand Staircase-Escalante

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is vast and wild, but not wilderness. Many miles of road, almost all of them unpaved, criss-cross the plateaus and follow all but the deepest canyons.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: May 2, 2014
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