Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

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#39 of 208 in Nature in Utah
Geologic Formation · National Park
The Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument (GSENM) is a United States national monument originally designated in 1996 as 1,880,461 acres (7,610 km2) of protected land in southern Utah. In 2017, the monument's size was reduced by half in a succeeding presidential proclamation. 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.
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  • We drove through here from Capital Reef to Bryce. Beautiful area. The roads can be narrow and twisting so allow plenty of time but it's worth the effort.  more »
  • Gives you a great sense of the geologic and native history of this region by just driving Highway 12 out of Bryce. My husband and I are seniors but the off road sites, hikes and trails seem to offer.....  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

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