Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was the one of the first established as a holding of the Bureau of Land Management rather than the National Park Service. The 1.9-million-acre landscape-scale preserve was designated by President Clinton in 1996.
The monument is known for its biodiversity, paleontological resources, and indigenous archaeological landscapes. It has been intentionally managed as a “science monument” and a great deal of research and scholarship have occurred and are ongoing.
The monument comprises three distinct landforms, from east to west: Escalante Canyons, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Grand Staircase. Visitor centers are located in Kanab and Escalante.