About the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Stewarded by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands – more area than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined – making it the largest unit of the National Conservation Lands. Located in south-central Utah, it is a geological wonderland of multicolored cliffs, plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles and canyons created over eons of time. The National Monument was the last major region of the lower 48 states to be mapped, and for good reason. From its spectacular Grand Staircase 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 addition to its rich human history, this cliff-strewn landscape is one of the last largely unexplored boneyards from the Age of Dinosaurs. To date, more than two-dozen new dinosaurs have been recovered from these rocks, along with fishes, amphibians, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, mammals, birds, plants and other organisms that lived there over 65 million years ago.