About the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Stewarded by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands – more area than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined – making it the largest unit of the National Conservation Lands. Located in south-central Utah, it is a geological wonderland of multicolored cliffs, plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles and canyons created over eons of time. The National Monument was the last major region of the lower 48 states to be mapped, and for good reason. From its spectacular Grand Staircase cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists. In addition to its rich human history, this cliff-strewn landscape is one of the last largely unexplored boneyards from the Age of Dinosaurs. To date, more than two-dozen new dinosaurs have been recovered from these rocks, along with fishes, amphibians, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, mammals, birds, plants and other organisms that lived there over 65 million years ago.

From the blog

  • 01.28.15

    Amendments attached to the Keystone XL bill attack Public Lands

    [The following blog, written by CLF intern and Fort Lewis College student Scott Greenler, offers an overview of amendments attached to the Keystone XL bill, which is before the Senate today. Scott last wrote about BLM’s “Planning 2.0″ for this blog, and we look forward to having more of his … read more

  • 09.19.14

    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Anniversary

    This beautiful photograph, captured by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee Bob Wick, is a perfect introduction to southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument–the first and largest monument officially added to the National Conservation Lands.  And it’s time to wish it happy birthday! September 18th marks the anniversary of President … read more

  • 04.15.14

    Oil Spill In Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

    On March 22, hikers in southern Utah came upon a distressing sight: a four-mile slick of oil staining the Little Valley Wash, which eventually drains into the Escalante River, inside the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The spill had not been reported. The hikers sent photos of the leak to staff … read more

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