GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT

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Visiting the Monument? 

Visit the Monument's Visitor Centers for maps, road and weather conditions and other important information to help plan your visit! Follow the BLM Utah on Twitter, FacebookFlickr @BLMUtah & Instagram @utahpubliclands.

Monument Updates!

 

Public Water Quality Advisory!

Salt Lake City (July 22, 2022) - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's Willis Creek has exceeded the Utah Department of Health threshold for E. Coli. Ingesting the water should be avoided until further notice. To learn more about protecting yourself, family, and friends from waterborne pathogens, visit Protect Yourself: Waterborne Pathogens - Utah Department of Environmental Quality 

Artist in Residence

Join us for the 2022 Escalante Canyons Art Festival - September 12-25, 2022. Come celebrate the stunning public lands of Utah’s canyon country.  Hosted in Escalante, Utah – along Scenic Byway 12 – between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, in the heart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. There will be plein air competitions, art exhibits, on-site and online sales, workshops, demonstrations, arts and crafts fair, live music, guided walks, and much more.

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Artist in Residence – Plein Air Program is a partnership effort of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM), Escalante Canyons Art Festival, and Glen Canyon Conservancy to promote awareness through the arts of the exceptional natural and cultural treasures within the Monument.

GSENM Interim Management Guidance

The Bureau is providing interim guidance regarding management of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This interim management guidance will provide direction on the stewardship of these lands during the public planning effort, pending approval of a monument management plan and associated environmental impact statement, in compliance with Presidential Proclamation 10286. The Interim Management Guidance can be viewed here.

Monument Weather & Road Conditions

GSENM-KFO Weather Kiosk
GSENM Road Report
Additional GSENM Advisories & Alerts

Discover Your Public Lands with Junior Ranger Missions!

Explore Bureau of Land Management lands in a whole new way! 
Play virtual Junior Ranger Missions with the free educational game app: Agents of Discovery, the not-so-secret, secret agency dedicated to learning and playing outdoors.

The National Mission can be played at home - Discover Dinosaurs Mission. Ancient dinosaurs roamed our public lands long ago. Play the Discover Dinosaurs Mission to dig in and help the Bureau of Land Management protect dinosaur fossils by learning about paleontology on your public lands. (Virtual Play at Home Mission) Open Agents of Discovery app and Search: "Discover Dinosaurs - BLM Junior Ranger Mission." Learn more at Junior Ranger Missions | Bureau of Land Management (blm.gov).

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About The Monument

On Oct. 8, 2021, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10286 restoring the boundaries for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Monument now spans across nearly 1.87 million acres of America's public lands in southern Utah, and is an outstanding biological resource, spanning five life-zones - from low-lying desert to coniferous forest. When visiting, you’ll be traveling the land of the Ancestral Puebloan and Fremont people, who were experts at farming this rugged land and built granaries to store what they grew. Their descendants, including people from the Hopi, Paiute, Zuni, Ute, and Navajo tribes, have strong ties to this land today, 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 also remains a frontier with countless opportunities for quiet recreation and solitude.