Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Cannonville

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The Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument (GSENM) is a United States national monument protecting the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante (Escalante River) in southern Utah. It was established in 1996 by President Bill Clinton under the authority of the Antiquities Act with 1.7 million acres of land, later expanded to 1,880,461 acres (7,610 km2). In 2017, the monument's size was reduced by half in a succeeding presidential proclamation, and it was restored in 2021. The land is among the most remote in the country; it was the last to be mapped in the contiguous United States.
The monument is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as part of the National Conservation Lands system. Grand Staircase–Escalante is the first and largest national monument managed by the BLM. Visitor centers are located in Cannonville, Big Water, Escalante, and Kanab.

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  • Leaving Bryce National Park and heading towards Capitol Reef national park, the Grand Staircase Is a Monument of historic red mountains and red cliffs along Highway 12. This is an extraordinary... 
    Leaving Bryce National Park and heading towards Capitol Reef national park, the Grand Staircase Is a Monument of historic red mountains and red cliffs along Highway 12. This is an extraordinary...  more »
  • This area is so beautiful! The landscape is so varied with a multitude of reds, browns, and grays. So much to see and do with something for everyone! 
    This area is so beautiful! The landscape is so varied with a multitude of reds, browns, and grays. So much to see and do with something for everyone!  more »
  • Comprised of 1.7 million acres, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is primarily situated between Bryce Canyon NP and Capital Reef NP. For the most scenic drive take Scenic Byway 12 and get.....  more
    Comprised of 1.7 million acres, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is primarily situated between Bryce Canyon NP and Capital Reef NP. For the most scenic drive take Scenic Byway 12 and get.....  more »
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  • This is definitely worth the time. The scenery is stunning. You can enjoy the view from your vehicle or you can explore deeper into nature and enjoy any one of hundreds of hikes, mountain bike trails, for wheeler or jeep rides, and, of course you can enjoy the beauties and recreation of Lake Powell.
  • The road through this place is rough. The scenery looks exactly the same for most of it too. However the slot canyons are amazing! We did peekaboo and spooky gulch and they were phenomenal
  • One of the last true desert wilderness areas in America. You can hike red rock canyons with awesome scenery all around, for miles. See this place soon, as Trump is destroying it and many other national parks and national monuments, by allowing the fossil fuel industries, cattle ranchers, miners, and loggers to come in and ruin our public lands.
  • Immense sized national park with so many different things to see: dinosaur tracks, spooky and peekaboo slot canyon, devil's garden, off road trails to please all skill sets and SO much more. You cannot comprehend the size, it seems to go on forever. This is not your typical national park, no shuttle service, no water available, no toilets, you are on your own. This park will eat you in a minute if your not smart. Beautiful, so many colors, it is worth the effort.
  • This is a beautiful and wild place to do some hiking around, sightseeing, and enjoying the solitude and quiet . Take a short hike down Calf Creek trail, enjoy the crazy rock formations along the way, and the wonderful waterfall at the end. If you want to sightsee from your car, drive the Burr Trail road. It's a nice drive and you will see some beautiful country.

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