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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument







Description of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Location: Southern Utah Map

Area: 1.9 million acres (7,689 km2)

Info: 755 W Main St, Escalante, (435) 826- 5499

Open: Mar- Oct: 7:30am- 5:30pm daily

Nov: 8am- 4:30pm daily

Dec- Apr: 8am- 4:30pm

Official site

Fees and permits: Camping is free in unimproved areas.


Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is situated in the Southern Utah in United States. Grand Staircase-Escalante covers a total area of 1.9 million acres (7,689 km2) and carries one of the best geological formations in the state. There are three main regions: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Escalante Canyons, all managed by the Bureau of Land Management, part of the National Landscape Conservation System. President Bill Clinton designated the area as a national monument in 1996 thanks to the "Antiquities Act".




The national monument stretches from the cities of Big Water, Glendale and Kanab in the southwest to the cities of Escalante and Boulder in the northeast. Its size is comparable to that of the State of Delaware. The western part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is dominated by the Paunsaugunt Plateau and the Paria River Valley, on the eastern edge of Bryce Canyon National Park. This area allows you to view the upper geological layers of the Grand Staircase.

The central section of Grand Staircase-Escalante  consists of an elevated area called Kaiparowits Plateau when viewed from the west and referred to as Fifty-Mile Mountain ("50-Mile Mountain") when viewed from the east. This plateau extends from the southeast of Escalante to the Colorado River. The western slope of the plateau is a gentle slope while its eastern slope is a cliff 650 meters high.

Canyon of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin further east of this plateau. This is an area composed of many canyons limited further east by the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This area is very popular with hikers.



How to get here

Fly into Las Vegas, Salt Lake City or Phoenix and rent a car. From Las Vegas take Interstate 15 North or from Salt Lake City take Interstate 15 South. In either case take State Route 14 east from Cedar City to State Route 12 or US 89, which will take you through the Monument. From Phoenix take Interstate 17 North to Flagstaff and then continue north on US 89, which take you into the Monument. Four wheel drive is highly recommended on any but the primary roads, although not strictly necessary.





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