Details: Escalante National Monument and Grand Canyon

June 19
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GETTING THERE

Southwest and Spirit offer nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Las Vegas, which is about 200 miles from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. US Airways and United offer nonstop flights to Las Vegas from Reagan National and Washington Dulles, respectively.

WHERE TO STAY

Boulder Mountain Lodge

20 N. Hwy. 12

Boulder, Utah

435-335-7460

www.boulder-utah.com

A collection of comfortable buildings adjacent to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Dixie National Forest. Rooms from $135 in high season. Luxury suites, which sleep up to four, are $295.

Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon

888-297-2757

www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Cabin reservations are first-come, first-served, with bookings taken on the first of each month, up to 13 months in advance. Rustic bunkhouse-style log cabins, with showers in a separate building. Communal breakfast and dinner. Dorm beds are $48.03, four-person cabins $137.69.

Breakfast is $21.03, a sack lunch $13.07, steak dinner $45.81, stew or veggie dinner $29.84.

Bright Angel Lodge

South Rim, Grand Canyon

888-297-2757

www.grandcanyonlodges.com

On the canyon rim, rustic and old-fashioned but cozy. Standard lodge room with shared bath $83.25, with private bath $94.25. Cabins from $120.25.

WHERE TO EAT

Hell’s Backbone Grill

At Boulder Mountain Lodge

435-335-7464

www.hellsbackbonegrill.com

A celebrated destination restaurant. Reservations highly recommended for dinner. Entrees from $18.

The Buffalo Grill

9065 W. Highway 9

Mount Carmel, Utah

866-648-2555

www.zmr.com

Charmingly rustic restaurant with food that leans toward high comfort. Dishes from $11.

WHAT TO DO

Kolb Studio

Grand Canyon Village

928-638-2481

www.grandcanyon.org

Historic photo studio run by Kolb family for 61 years, now chiefly a bookstore and exhibit space, is open year-round. Summer hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., otherwise 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Ranger lectures

www.nps.gov/grca

There are several free guided ranger talks daily within Grand Canyon National Park on subjects from canyon geology to ghost stories. Most take place around Grand Canyon Village and the South Rim, but there are also seasonal locations at other spots, such as the North Rim and the Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the canyon.

INFORMATION

www.utah.com

www.grandcanyon.org

J.L.

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