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Blake McCord

GSENM - monument basics

GSENM - monument basics
Blake McCord

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Basics

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is exceptional in size and terrain. Figure out where to go and what to do.

Plan your trip


GSENM - favorite hikes

GSENM - favorite hikes
Ed Moss

Favorite Grand Staircase-Escalante Hikes

Squeeze through slot canyons, slosh through creeks, and soak up slickrock views.

Explore the hikes


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Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase

Geologist Clarence Dutton coined the term Grand Staircase to describe the alternating layers of cliffs and terraces. Learn more ›

Kaiparowits Plataeu

Kaiparowits Plateau

This wedge of high country starts near the town of Escalante and fans out in a triangle to Lake Powell. More ›

Escalante River

Canyons of the Escalante

The Escalante River and its tributaries form an intricate network of canyons to explore. Check it out ›

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Protected? Think again.

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In December 2017, President Trump slashed Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by half.

We are challenging his reductions in court. Learn more about Trump's monumental mistake ›

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Cattle grazing takes a toll

The endless expanses of slickrock in Grand Staircase seem like unlikely places for cattle to graze. But cattle roam across more than 95 percent of the monument, destroying biological soil crusts, introducing invasive species, eroding stream banks, and trampling sensitive species. 

The Grand Canyon Trust is measuring problems on the ground and proposing a comprehensive alternative that can change how and where cattle graze this 1.9 million acre treasure. Learn more about our work in Grand Staircase ›

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