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Grand Staircase-Escalante offers many great hiking trails and canyoneering routes. This photo was provided by Southern Utah's Kane County Office of Tourism.


On Dec 4, 2017, President Trump signed a proclamation reducing the size of this monument by about 50%, and breaking it into three sections. There will be court challenges and it will take some time to know exactly what to expect going forward.


Extending across a breathtaking 1.9 million acres, the Monument represents a unique combination of archaeological, geological, paleontological, and biological resources. These strikingly beautiful and scientifically important lands are divided into three distinct regions: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau and the Canyons of the Escalante.

Key Attractions

  • Rock climbing, canyoneering, hiking

  • Camping and picnicking

  • Horseback riding and mountain biking

  • The longest slot canyon on earth - Buckskin Gulch

  • The fascinating terraces that each feature evidence of a different time period in the earth’s history, including the jurassic, cretaceous, and triassic period


Located between the areas of Escalante/Boulder/Hwy 89 and Kanab/Big Water/Hwy 12. Entrance into the monument area is accessible by either Hwy 89, or Hwy 12.

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