Willis Creek - GSENM

Willis Creek as you can see is just magnificent! It's located off Skutumpah Road (between Mt. Carmel Jct. and Cannonville) in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It's only a couple of miles before you would run into Sheep Creek, but you can follow that to Bull Valley Gorge (another spectacular slot canyon in the Staircase) or visa versa. Combine the three and you can have a long day hike or an overnight backpack. There is a cool stream that runs through Willis Creek. That along with the high walls makes this a great summer hike.


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ganesh70 - Nov 27, 2007 4:44 pm - Voted 10/10


Beautiful canyon!


tanya - Nov 27, 2007 11:05 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Psychedelic!

Thanks :)

It's one of my favorite for photos. The light in there is perfect.


Scott - Nov 27, 2007 7:57 pm - Voted 10/10

Excellent photos!

Keep posting more.


tanya - Nov 27, 2007 11:05 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Excellent photos!

Thanks Scott!

I sure have a lot more... but 1am came so quick last night!


BigJordan - Dec 4, 2007 3:33 am - Voted 10/10

Nice shot!!!

that's willis creek. man I was there a couple months ago but didn't hike it just saw it from the road. Next time I'll for sure have to hit this one!


tanya - Dec 4, 2007 9:56 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice shot!!!

Oh no! You should have gone in. It's gorgeous and that cool flowing stream in there is a welcome place to stretch the legs on that drive on Skutumpah Road. :)


daveyboy - Dec 11, 2007 6:34 am - Voted 10/10

Beautiful Colours:

Some lovely colours in that picture...


tanya - Dec 11, 2007 8:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Beautiful Colours:

Thanks :)

Places in that canyon just glow!

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Ice Man Jerry Van - Dec 13, 2007 10:03 am - Voted 10/10

One of my favorite hikes

I hiked there 20 years ago and that picture takes me there right now really enjoy your pictures from the ice man Jerry


tanya - Dec 13, 2007 4:29 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: One of my favorite hikes

Thank you Jerry :)



seanpeckham - Dec 17, 2007 3:42 pm - Voted 10/10

Very nice

I hiked through there once, and my photos are nowhere near this good. So I've forgotten how pretty it was. Thanks for the reminder!


tanya - Dec 17, 2007 3:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice

Thanks Sean. :) Sometimes is just glows in there. You probably come to Southern Utah often to hike since you live in SLC?


seanpeckham - Dec 26, 2007 3:35 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Very nice

I try to get down there a few times a year. It's always hard to decide between the mountains and the desert. And there's that pesky thing called a job.


tanya - Dec 31, 2007 3:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice

Dang it! Work is usually my problem too! That is why I go places that are only a few minutes to an hour from home. I tend to go with the weather... choosing a hike that is comfortable for whatever the weather is. You guys on this site sure seem to choose the cold stuff often though. ;)


seanpeckham - Jan 3, 2008 11:46 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Very nice

Well, I could learn a lesson from you then on timing my hikes for good weather; I've failed to reach my destination on 5 hikes since September, with weather the biggest factor. You're really fortunate to live so close to Colorado Plateau goodness; it's always at least a 4-hour drive for me, whereas the Wasatch is within an hour so I'm usually there. But the cold stuff is pretty, and it's usually easier for me to retain body heat than to shed it.


tanya - Jan 3, 2008 12:03 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice

That distance makes all the difference! We don't usually even choose what we are going to hike until a day or so ahead of time and then we have a good idea of what the weather will be. It's always good to have a Plan B though just in case Plan A does not work. You are right... I live in Paradise. :)


lcarreau - Dec 31, 2007 3:18 pm - Voted 10/10

Tanya ?

I've never been there; but I can see what you guys do in the summer. The drive I remember was going south on the Cottonwood Canyon Road.
I had a nice 4x4 back then, and time off from work in September. The Cottonwoods along that watercourse were BLAZING with color. And after I passed that big Arch, I was pretty much alone with the awesome scenery. Thanks!
Your ALBUMS look great!!!


tanya - Jan 2, 2008 9:29 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Tanya ?

Thank you so much :)

Cottonwood Road is really pretty. Grosvenor Arch is one of the grandest arches I have ever seen!


lcarreau - Jan 2, 2008 10:16 pm - Voted 10/10

You are welcome,

Chairperson! That was back in the 1990s, shortly after GSENM became GSENM! I remember signing a "visitor's log" there at the Arch, and it said that Clinton had signed the proclamation papers. Everybody had placed
an enormous "WOW" on the log sheet! Thank you, Chairperson of the Board. : )

Who was the Chairman of the Board? Was that old "blue-eyes???"


tanya - Jan 3, 2008 11:58 am - Hasn't voted

Re: You are welcome,

I had nothing to do with all that, but I am sure glad the area was made an National Monument as well!

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