The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is located a short drive from Bryce Canyon and Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn. It’s a true wilderness area. There is no actual “staircase” so to speak, but there are several slot canyons and historical points in this beautiful monument. The “staircase” comes from the geological points from around the area. One of the larger more traveled roads is the “Hole-In-The-Rock” road. It has several day hikes not too far of the path, but far enough off that you can feel the true nature of this area.
For a little taste, go to this video on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45FNJWk_Uog