Metate Arch in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Centers

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Stop at a Monument Visitor Center to learn about paleontology, archaeology, geology, human history, and ecology through ranger-led presentations, interpretive exhibits, and a book store. Chat with one of our ranger to obtain current information on road and weather conditions, maps, and permits, which are required for all overnight use. 

A free over-night permit is required for dispersed camping outside of developed campgrounds. To protect soil crust, vegetation, and other resources, please park and camp in already disturbed areas. No dispersed camping is allowed in the front-country zone. Please pack out all waste and use portable human waste bags.

Backcountry camping is one of the many ways people enjoy the dark skies and natural quiet of the Monument's backcountry. Thank you for limiting noise and use of artifical lights in order to protect the experience of other vehicles. 

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration.

Anasazi State Park Museum

Anasazi State Park Museum

460 N. Highway 12
Boulder, UT 84716

Phone: (435) 335-7382

Summer Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                             7 days a week
                             mid-March to mid-November

Winter Hours: GSENM Information Desk Closed from mid-November to mid-March

Big Water Visitor Center

Big Water Visitor Center

100 Upper Revolution Way
Big Water, UT 84741

Phone: (435) 675-3200

Summer Hours:   8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
                               Sunday - Saturday, beginning March 2017

Winter Hours:      8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
                               Thursday - Monday, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday beginning October 16, 2016

Theme: Paleontology and Geology

  • Vibrant 30' mural depicting Late Cretaceous Period
  • Real dinosaur fossils on display
  • Topography reief model of the Monument


Cannonville Visitor Center

Cannonville Visitor Center

10 Center St. 
Cannonville, UT 84718

Phone: (435) 826-5640

Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
                             Monday - Friday, beginning in mid-March

Winter Hours: Closed from mid-November to mid-March

Theme: Human Geography

  • Visitors explore houw geography affected humans ability to settle on the landscrape through a snapshot in time
  • 19th centuray pioneer and Paiute life is relayed through oral histories, artifacts, murals, and an ethnobotanical garden
  • Topographic relief model of the monument

Escalante Interagency Visitor Center

Escalante Interagency Visitor Center

755 W. Main
Escalante, UT 84726

Phone: (435) 826-5499

Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                             Sunday - Saturday

Winter Hours:    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
                             Sunday - Saturday, beginning October 16, 2016

Theme: Biology

  • Exhibits share research and scientific discoveries
  • Murals, photographs, and dioramas promote learning
  • topographic relief model of the Monument


Kanab Visitor Center

Kanab Visitor Center

745 E. Highway 89
Kanab, UT 84741

Phone: (435) 644-1300/1301

Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
                             Sunday - Saturday, beginning mid-March

Winter Hours:    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
                             Monday - Friday

The walk-in lottery for permits into Vermillion Cliffs National Monument at North Coyote Buttes (The Wave) and South Coyote Buttes will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. during days of operation. 

Follow this link for information on walk-in and online lottery permits. 

Theme: Archaeology and Geology

  • Large-scale archaeology excavation diorama
  • 36' geologic cross-section of the Monument
  • Topographic relief model of the Monument

Kanab Field Office

669 South Highway 89A
Kanab, UT 84741

Phone: (435)-644-1200

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
             Monday - Friday

Paria Contact Station

Paria Contact Station

Highway 89 

  • From Page, AZ, drive west on Highway 89 for 30 miles (48 kilometers). Look for the BLM Contact Station sign on the left (south). The Paria Contact Station is two hundred yards (meters) off Highway 89.
  • From Kanab, UT, drive east on Highway 89 for 43 miles (62 kilometers). Look for the BLM Contact Station sign on the right. The Paria Contact Station is 200 yards (218 meters) off Highway 89.

Phone: (435) 644-4628

Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
                             Seven days a week, mid-March - mid-November

The Paria Contact Station is located at the edge of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. The station is one of several BLM information centers for people visiting the two nearby monuments - Vermilion Cliffs and Grand Staircase-Escalante. It is located near White House Campground and Trailhead.