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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.

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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.

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Volunteer - Pinyon Jay CTA

Volunteer - Pinyon Jay CTA
Blake McCord

Birdwatch in Grand Staircase-Escalante

We're looking for volunteers to record sightings of pinyon jays in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and elsewhere throughout the Colorado Plateau. Learn more about this citizen science project, and sign up today.

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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. Check it out ›

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