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The Grand Staircase of the Escalante was one of the last places in the United States to be mapped; and for good reason. It encompasses perhaps the most wild and remote section of the Colorado Plateau, strewn with a dizzying array of deep canyons and plateaus, effectively cutting off hundreds of miles of desert from all travel except by foot. The town of Escalante is well known for being the last town in the United States to finally gain automobile access in 1935. It is extremely common to not see another group for days at a time out in the backcountry, which is an extremely unforgiving world that is almost inhospitable without modern gear and equipment. Cross country navigation? Nearly impossible. Reliable water sources? Few and far in between. Snakes, scorpions, and other scary animals? Plenty of them. Indeed the canyons of the Escalante showcase some of the harshest yet rewarding terrain in the area. It has no comparison. It has no equal. The Escalante has earned its spot as one of the most awe inspiring, yet perilous, pieces of desert in the United States.