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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.Before you visit Cannonville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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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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 »
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 »
Wow wow wow. If you're in the area you won't regret driving along Utah's Route 12. Indeed it's one of the best scenic road in the USA. You will definitely enjoy all the different rock formations with different colors spectacular views.
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.
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