Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
The area has been protected since September 1996 after the establishment, by presidential decree, of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (administered by the BLM rather than the NPS), which covers 1.7 million mostly roadless acres, bordered approximately by Capitol Reef National Park to the northeast, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to the southeast, road UT 12 to the north, Paunsaugunt Plateau to the west and road US 89 to the south (see map).
The principal attractions within the preserve are based around tributaries of the two major river systems - the Paria in the west and the Escalante in the east, around which are a series of escarpments of differently colored sandstone strata - the Grand Staircase - which extend to neighboring areas like Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and the Vermilion Cliffs.
The creation of the national monument has met with a mixed response, since the added protection and restrictions on further industrial development of the area are counterbalanced by the increase in visitation, with consequent problems of pollution and spoiling of the environment.
We offer a full day backcountry tour that includes one of a kind Grosvenor's Arch, The Cottonwood Narrows, Kodachrome Basin and Willis Creek Slot Canyon.
Whether it's photography or hiking or both, The Grand Staircase/Escalante will leave you with vivid memories and a strong desire to return.