A Grand Sunset on the Grand Staircase Escalante. There are always surprises on a road trip. It had been a long day, spending most of it at Capitol Reef National Park, hiking some of the canyons, climbing rocks, and stopping at every scenic turnout to take pictures, I was looking forward to a pleasant and beautiful drive, and it was. But then, while in the middle of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, after making a turn in the road, appearing before me was a powerful and dynamic cloud formation, at sunset, over a large mesa, in the middle of a huge expanse of scenery. It was certainly one of those surprising moments. It was Nature speaking to me again. I was on a trip looking for the color and beauty of Nature, and there it was right in front of me. See more of the color and beauty of Nature in Utah at Outdoor Scenics: Photography by Allen Adler.