With almost 2 million acres of land, Grand Staircase Escalante National Park and Monument is the largest area of land in all of the U.S. national monuments. The park was established in 1996 by President Clinton and is actually managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Located in southern Utah, the park includes area of land between Kanab and Glendale, Utah all the way to Escalante and Boulder. It is next to Bryce Canyon National Park and borders Glen Canyon National recreation Area.
One of the unique features of the park is the numerous dinosaur fossils that have been discovered throughout. One of the fossils found in 2002 is 75 million years old. Several species of dinosaurs have been found since the year 2000.
The park provides not just beautiful views with close connections to Lake Powell and the iconic Vermillion Cliffs in Arizona, but provides also some “spooky” adventures with the Spooky Gulch in the Canyons of the Escalante. Along with this, is peekaboo, and Brimstone Canyons and Devil’s Garden. With several slot canyons, and ridges to explore the park is another red kingdom in Utah. Grand Staircase National Park also has strong ties with the Mormon Church, especially the Hole in the Rock Road.
The Grand Staircase National Park lodging offers alternative experiences to what adventurers might be used to. The park is by far a mustsee with its endless connections to the surround areas and paleontology discoveries.