Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s vast and austere landscape embraces a spectacular array of scientific and historic resources. This is a high, rugged and remote region, where bold plateaus and multi-hued cliffs run for distances, defying human perspective. It was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped.


Even today, this unspoiled natural area remains a frontier, a quality that greatly enhances Grand Staircase’s value for scientific study and presents exemplary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists, historians, and biologists.


These nearly 2 million acres were designated a national monument on Sept. 18, 1996. Grand Staircase is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and in 2000, became the first unit of BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System.

Our Job

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization committed to preserving and protecting the vast landscape of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. We are the official “friends” organization for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and we have made a Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity

Promote science, education and conservation on the Monument

Expand our membership so we represent a constituency that supports the Monument

Increase public awareness and understanding about the Monument

Provide resources to support the Monument’s scientific, interpretive and educational programs

Recruit volunteers. Come get involved

The Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument serves an increasingly important function in an ever shrinking world. Grand Staircase Escalante Partners recognizes the Monument as a 1.9 million acre scientific laboratory that offers unparalleled research opportunities as well as uniquely rewarding visitor experiences.

From glamorous dinosaur finds to the equally as important discoveries of site specific plant species, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument holds a wealth of yet to be analyzed scientific and cultural data.

In an era of diminishing government funding for pure science, the financial role of Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is crucial in supporting both the research itself and the efforts to educate both students and the public about the vital role this unspoiled landscape plays in helping us understand a world that grows more complex every day.