GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT

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GSENM 25th Anniversary

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) celebrated its 25th anniversary as the first national monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management on Sept. 18, 2021. To learn more about the virtual celebration, visit https://go.usa.gov/xMBWw.

About GSENM

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans across nearly 1.87 million acres of America's public lands in southern Utah. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument is a diverse geologic treasure speckled with monoliths, slot canyons, natural bridges, and arches. Due to its remote location and rugged landscape, the monument was one of the last places in the continental United States to be mapped.

The Monument is also an outstanding biological resource, spanning five life-zones - from low-lying desert to coniferous forest. Deep within this vast and austere landscape, the Anasazi and Fremont cultures made contact in the period AD 950-1100, leaving behind rock art panels, occupation sites, campsites and granaries. Stepping further back in time, fossil excavations have yielded more information about ecosystem change at the end of the dinosaur era than any other place in the world.  The Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration. This unspoiled natural area remains a frontier with countless opportunities for quiet recreation and solitude.

On Oct. 8, 2021, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation modifying the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. 

Before you visit Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, make sure you are prepared with the most up-to-date information about the area by calling or stopping by an office or visitor center

Disclaimer

Please note, BLM Utah has not had the chance to update relevant documents and information to include the modified boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. You may see references to the previous boundaries from Presidential Proclamation 9682.

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