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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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  • Be prepared if you are driving from Torrey to this park to hike. Most of the hikes are along hwy 12 BEFORE you get to the park. I’m sure the hikes are stunning but we made the mistake of going to the....  more
    Be prepared if you are driving from Torrey to this park to hike. Most of the hikes are along hwy 12 BEFORE you get to the park. I’m sure the hikes are stunning but we made the mistake of going to the....  more »
  • It's wild. The views are unlike any other. The visitor center is lovely. BUT . . . the drive between Torrey and the visitor center is not one for someone who does not like heights, twisting... 
    It's wild. The views are unlike any other. The visitor center is lovely. BUT . . . the drive between Torrey and the visitor center is not one for someone who does not like heights, twisting...  more »
  • Beautiful view. We stopped and explored the area. Pictures don't do it justice and if you are near here, you should stop and explore. 
    Beautiful view. We stopped and explored the area. Pictures don't do it justice and if you are near here, you should stop and explore.  more »
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  • Easy to get around and a stunning location. Pictures don't do it justice, you need to go there and see it with your own eyes! We didn't have a lot of time, but visited close to sunset and it was beautiful.
  • If you ever need to travel between Torrey and Bryce Canyon then you have got to take Scenic Hwy 12 through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument! It’s a very scenic and a little bit scary ride but oh so worth it, there’s even a 14 degree grade in one spot. Oh the scenery, it was just magnificent!
  • Drove from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park. Had to pass via Grand Staircase on Scenic Byway 12. Stunning views 😍 beautiful scenery for 65 miles, awesome smooth road, the drive was fantastic. So many scenic overlooks to stop by. Check out Devils Garden. It’s a hidden gem in Escalante. The road to devils garden is off road (dusty, gravel, sand), but the views are stunning 🤩. Great views on the highway.
  • Incredible hike with gorgeous panoramic views. Depending where you're headed, you really have to watch for the karins to stay on track. Bring a lot of water and prepare to stretch some muscles!!
  • Beautiful scenery and ample hiking opportunities! Public restrooms were clean and well-stocked. Always a plus.

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