BLM Road 717

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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BLM-717 Kanab, UT 84741 435-644-1300 Official Website

GPS: 37.0953, -112.1347

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Overview of BLM Road 717

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Pad Type dirt

Elevation 5,511 ft / 1,679 m

Max Stay 14

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Menifee, CA 28' ATC Toy Hauler 2017 Chevrolet 2500 HD
35 reviews
“Beautiful views of southern Grand Staircase Escalante”

Reviewed 5/13/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 10
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BLM Road 717 is not labeled on Google Maps, it just shows up on satellite view as a dirt road branching off of US-89, about 22 miles east of Kanab, UT, and running for several miles towards the Vermilion Cliffs. But this road, and others, are labeled on BLM maps.

The first campsite along Road 717 (as marked here on Campendium), is located at the intersection with BLM Road 720. It's a good sized clearing, enough to accommodate 40+ foot trailers. If you drove further along Road 717, you will find dozens more campsites, however the road becomes extremely rutted. We did see other trucks pulling trailers along Road 717, but they went very slow, carefully avoiding the ruts. This first campsite, however, is very accessible.

This camp offers great views of red rock mesas in the distance, and gives you a good sense of why they named this area "Grand Staircase". This camp is surrounded by Utah Juniper and Big Sage. The sage is very fragrant when rubbed, and you can actually cook with it. Verizon 4G comes in weak, about 1-2 bars, but usable with a booster. We could see US-89 from this site, and could hear big trucks go by, but we could tune it out and otherwise found a lot of peace and tranquility here. There are a few juniper trees to conceal you from drivers along US-89, but you're still partially visible from the road. Not much in terms of wildlife, aside from an occasional deer in the distance.

What makes this site great is that you're only 22 miles from Kanab (about 20 minutes away) for all your supplies, but about 20-30 miles from all the great hiking in southern Grand Staircase.

Technically, the BLM requires you to obtain a camping permit all across Grand Staircase. Permits are free. You obtain them either at the BLM Visitor Center in Kanab, or the Paria Contact Station (near Paria, UT).

It's a 14-day limit, but we saw no BLM officials come by.

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Menifee, CA 28' ATC Toy Hauler 2017 Chevrolet 2500 HD
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Free Camping at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument - Road Pickle

Free camping is practically everywhere at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, as long as you don’t camp at the trailheads and the few paid campgrounds in the area. For one, Grand...

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  • Dispersed Camping


Kitchen Corral Wash

PLENTY of space

- Cyndee

Buckskin Gulch Trailhead

Good spot if you want to get an early start on a hike

- ChrisRoams

Wire Pass Trailhead

Awesome slot canyon hike!

- Fox727

State Line Campground

Perfect for Wirehead Pass

- Adventure On The Move

Paria Road

Awesome views, but the no-see-ums are murder

- Hypsy-Gypsy

White House Trailhead & Campground

Great overnight & views

- Jimblackjim

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