Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Honor the past and safeguard the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science, conservation, and education.

GSENM Resource Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Paria River District released a Notice of Intent to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) on July 29, 2022.  For further information, click the link below.

GSEP will be sharing its high-priority comments and RMP recommendations with the public in the coming weeks via email communications, social media channels, and on our website. If you have any questions about our comments or the public scoping process and timeline, please reach out us at

Step Up for Grand Staircase!

For our 2022 year-end campaign, we are centering on joy. We know one thing for sure: play and partnership are essential elements to our work. We all share a love for our Monument, our local communities, our state of Utah, our country, and our world.

What we Do

Our Focus

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) founded in 2004 to protect and preserve Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

We are committed to:

  • Promoting science, conservation, and education on the Monument.
  • Increasing public awareness and understanding of the Monument.
  • Providing resources to support the Monument’s scientific, interpretive and educational programs.
  • Expanding our membership so we represent a diverse constituency that supports the Monument.
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For Science

This natural area remains a frontier, a quality that greatly enhances Grand Staircase’s value for scientific study and presents unique opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists, historians, and biologists.

For History

The Monument is home to countless Native American cultural sites, western pioneer history, and the greatest diversity of dinosaur fossils found anywhere on Earth. Since time immemorial, Native American people have inhabited, crossed, lived on, and been stewards of the lands that make up what we now know as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The following tribes have deep connections to the Grand Staircase-Escalante region:

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Expanding knowledge and understanding of the natural wonders, biodiversity, and unique ecosystems with which this landscape is endowed by participating in scientific inquiry and historical investigation, as well as advocating for the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in land management decision-making.

Conservation Corps Photo on the Escalante River


Ensuring Grand Staircase-Escalante’s culture, ecology, history, recreation, and science are recognized, sustained, and enhanced. Work on the ground with organizations, government agencies, and volunteers to repair and restore the Escalante River watershed, as well as prevent and mitigate damage at cultural and ecological sites.

Summer Science Camp with Grand Staircase Escalante Partners


Providing in-person and virtual learning environments in which people can engage with Monument topics, and practice critical thinking, as well as exchange ideas, and learn from one another, thereby fostering the connection and understanding needed to support the Monument’s long term well-being and respect ancestral lands.

For All

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment in our workplace and across the Monument. We recognize the complex and difficult histories that have shaped American public lands, from dispossession of Native lands and forced removal of indigenous communities to create public lands and parks, to the ongoing exclusion of people of color from conservation and preservation movements.

We acknowledge that the area known as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and its surrounding areas are the ancestral land and historical territory of the Hopi, Zuni, Dine/Navajo, San Juan Southern Paiute, Kaibab Paiute, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, Jemez Pueblo, and Acoma nations.

We are on a journey to transform our work–to foster diversity through equitable actions that create a just and inclusive environment, within and beyond our organization. Learn more about how we are integrating justice, equity, and inclusion into our work.

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Latest News

Highlights of Our Scoping Comment Goals

Highlights of Our Scoping Comment Goals

As our name "Partners" indicates, we seek to collaborate with organizations, agencies, Tribal partners, scientists, biologists, paleontologists, guides and outfitters, community members and others to determine the best strategies for achieving our mission to honor the...

Op-ed: Utah’s monuments should not be stuck in a tug-of-war

Op-ed: Utah’s monuments should not be stuck in a tug-of-war

In my role as executive director for Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, I advocate for the importance of Grand Staircase as a connected landscape because of what we stand to lose if we fracture it and do not actively protect what is vulnerable, fragile and...

Statement on House and Senate Companion Bills

Statement on House and Senate Companion Bills

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners stands strongly behind the House and Senate companion bills to advance Tribal management of public lands and to improve protection of sacred and cultural sites: The Advancing Tribal Parity on Public Land Act and the Tribal Cultural...

Grand Staircase-Escalante Symposium

Grand Staircase-Escalante Symposium

Ways of Understanding and Protecting Land and Water Resources in the Grand Staircase-Escalante Region March 3-4, 2022 Purpose Bring together land managers, Tribes, researchers, conservation groups and interested public to gain knowledge and discuss multiple...

GSENM Artist-in-Residence Program

GSENM Artist-in-Residence Program

  2022 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Artist in Residence Program is a partnership effort of between the Monument, Escalante Canyons Art Festival, and Glen Canyon Conservancy to promote awareness through the arts of the...

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