The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a United States national monument in southern Utah. This monument has rich native and prehistoric history. The beautiful area and monument are popular among outdoor enthusiasts. Opportunity for hiking, studying nature, and site seeing are common peaks of interest to visitors.
BLM Kanab Visitor Center is the main Grand Staircase visitor center, offering interpretive displays, opportunity for questions to be answered, and informational maps and brochures. The Grand
Staircase-Escalante spans throughout acres of public lands in which contains
three distinct units. These unites are the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and
Escalante Canyon. This monument was the last place in the continental United
States to be mapped. From the monument’s Grand Staircase of cliffs and
terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the Escalante River
Canyons, this monument is a diverse geologic treasure that is speckled with
monoliths, slot canyons, natural bridges, and arches.
Staircase-Escalante Monument is an outstanding biological resource. It
spans five life-zones from low-lying desert to coniferous forest. Within its
deep, vast, and austere landscape, the Anasazi and Fremont cultures made contact
in the period AD 950-1100. They left behind rock art panels, occupation sites,
campsites and granaries. Further back in time, fossil excavations have yielded
more information regarding ecosystem change at the end of the dinosaur era than
any other place in the world.
Staircase-Escalante Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provides
extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists,
historians, and biologists when it comes to scientific research, education, and
exploration. This unspoiled, natural area remains a frontier with
countless opportunities for various recreation and solitude. Recreation
includes hiking among waterfalls, arches, canyons, and backcountry.