Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

#38 of 208 in Nature in Utah
The Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument (GSENM) is a United States national monument that originally designated 1,880,461 acres (7,610 km2) of protected land in southern Utah in 1996. The monument's size was later reduced by a succeeding presidential proclamation in 2017. The land is among the most remote in the country; it was the last to be mapped in the contiguous United States.
There are three main regions: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante (Escalante River). All regions are administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as part of the National Conservation Lands system. President Bill Clinton designated the area as a national monument in 1996 using his authority under the Antiquities Act. Grand Staircase–Escalante is the largest national monument managed by the BLM.

On December 4, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered that the monument's size be reduced by nearly 47% to 1,003,863 acres (4,062 km2), with the remainder divided into three areas, two of which border one another along the Paria River. Conservation, angling, hunting, and outdoor recreation groups have filed suit to block any reduction in the national monument, arguing that the president has no legal authority to materially shrink a national monument.
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  • My husband and I visited the big 5 national parks in southern Utah in February, this park has some great formations and colors. There is quite a bit of driving as it's a big place but worth the time.  more »
  • Road trip (unimproved road) Cottonwood and Kodachrome Roads fifty-one miles from south entrance to north egress. Stunning opportunities for adventure in USA’s largest national park.  more »
  • 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

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