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Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

1.7 Million acres of some of the most remote and beautiful country in the lower 48 states, this is the new Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. The Monument is twice as much area as Utah’s five national parks combined. The Monument takes in most of the area from Kanab and Bruce Canyon on the west to Lake Powell and Capitol Reef on the east. It does not represent any one particular feature, but rather a whole area of slickrock canyons and red rock landscapes.
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Calf Creek Falls

Calf Creek Falls and the hike to the falls give the casual traveler perhaps the best idea of what the canyons represent. A stream down the middle of the red rock canyons that tower above you. For additional information on Calf Creek check out the Highway description of the site.

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The Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase can be seen from the flats by Kanab, where looking to the north, you see layers of mountain ranges going to the tops of Bryce Canyon. The staircase represents ages of time and geologically tells the story of the area.

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Slickrock Road

This section of Hwy. 12 passes right through the monument and gives you an idea of how beautiful and rough this country can be. Canyons and slickrock and desert, but a place now preserved for the nation and the world.

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Canyons from the air

This is an aerial shot of the canyons around Calf Creek. It gives you an idea of what the area looks like. The Canyons of the Escalante are treasures of hidden canyons and streams and beauty.
 
Grand Staircase – Escalante Canyons National MonumentThis monument is unlike any other in the state, in that it takes in such a huge area but does not focus on any particular place. It focuses on the land and the preservation of an experience.The park was controversial in that it was dedicated and created from Arizona and the Grand Canyon and no elected official from Utah was at the ceremony. Many of the residents of the lands in and by the park were upset that the park would lock up natural resources from development and therefore hinder their ability to make a living. Other groups had been working for years to get the land protected and these folks, for the most part, are from out of the area but interested in national conservation issues. Whether you are for or against it being designated a national monument, one thing is for sure, the land is beautiful and unique in the world.
 

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