GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT

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About The Monument

On Oct. 8, 2021, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation modifying the boundaries for Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument. The 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.

Monument Updates

Artist in Residence

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for this year's Artist-in-Residence Program, sponsored through a partnership between the Monument, Escalante Canyons Art Festival, and Glen Canyon Conservancy. This year's application deadline is Sunday, April 3, 2022.

Artist in Residence

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GSENM Interim Guidance

The Bureau is providing interim guidance regarding management of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This interim monument management direction 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 the Presidential Proclamation. The interim guidance memorandum can be viewed on the BLM website.

Monument Weather

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Grand-Staircase Escalante NM