Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

April 21-22, 2016 – After work we flew to Las Vegas, NV.  We decided to get dinner at Fogo de Chao before driving to St. George, where we were going to be based for the next few days.  Fogo had a good salad bar, great sausage, good chicken thighs, and decent steak.  Unfortunately the pork and other chicken were overcooked, and some of the steak was tough.  My guess is the grill preparation method might have contributed to that, because if you got the medium rare sections of the steak they were quite good.  Overall, a 3.5/5, though we probably wouldn’t go back.

We may start taking photos like this after a lot of driving.
We may start taking photos like this after a lot of driving.

Saturday morning was a beautiful clear day, perfect for a day trip to Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument.  We started with a drive towards the northern section, stopping at Clarke’s Restaurant along the way for lunch.  Many of these small towns seem to completely close up when it’s not tourist season, so we were just glad to find food.  We enjoyed a club sandwich and a patty melt, with nicely done fries.  After lunch we continued towards the park, eventually making our way to Escalante River Trail.

We eventually found a place to park along the road.
We eventually found a place to park along the road.

The main waterfall hike in the area was very crowded, so we parked nearby and walked along a trail by the water.  After about a mile in the trail was completely washed out, so we headed back towards a coffee shop called Kiva Koffeehouse at the entrance of the park.  Besides fantastic views they serve good chai lattes and dark chocolate iced mochas.

We got to walk by a few interesting rock formations before the flooding.
We got to walk by a few interesting rock formations before the flooding.

Dinner was at Ahi’s Taste of Asia, an Asian noodle restaurant in St. George.  The food was good, particularly the dumplings, wonton soup, and noodle dishes.

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