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Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument - Utah

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah is the largest of all the United State’s National Monuments and includes Kaiparowits Plateau, the Grand Staircase, and the Canyons of the Escalante. Read more...

The monument is managed and administered by the Bureau of Land Management which hosts visitor’s centers in Cannonville, Kanab, Big Water, and Escalante. The monument’s namesake staircase stretches from the west end of the park to the east, covering an area larger in size than the state of Delaware. Beginning at the highpoint of Paunsaugunt Plateau, stretching through the middle of the monument is the long ridge of Kaiparowits Plateau or Fifty-Mile Mountain, and finishing at the low point of the Canyons of the Escalante.
 
Popular among canyoneers, climbers, and backpackers, prominent features of the Canyons of the Escalante include Peekaboo slot canyon, the Devil’s Garden, Bull Valley Gulch, Lick Wash, Coyote Gulch, and Harris Wash. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument hosts abundant ancient natural artifacts both human and dinosaur. Major discoveries of fossils over 75 million years old have been made since 2002, including the discovery of a new species in 2013. The new specimen is available for viewing at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City.