Welcome to Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument
Nearly twice the size of Rhode Island, the 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is the largest park in the Southwest with some of the least visited – yet most spectacular – scenery. Its name refers to the 150-mile-long geological strata that begins at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and rises, in stair steps, 3500ft to Bryce Canyon and Escalante River Canyon. The striped layers of rock reveal 260 million years of history.
Established amid some local controversy by President Bill Clinton in 1996, the monument is unique in that it allows some uses that would be banned in a national park (such as hunting and grazing, by permit). Tourist infrastructure is minimal and limited to towns on the park's edges. Hwy 12 skirts the northern boundaries between Boulder, Escalante and Tropic. Hwy 89 arcs east of Kanab into the monument's southwestern reaches.