Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) was established by Presidential Proclamation in 1996 under the Clinton Administration. Still unknown to many people, it was the last place to be mapped in the continental United States. Because of its extremely wild and remote character, the Monument protects exemplary and unparalleled scientific research and educational opportunities in the fields of archaeology, ecology, geology, paleontology, and cultural history.
GSENM is a very unique piece of public land and so is the way it is managed. The Monument encompasses nearly 1.9 million acres of BLM land in southwestern Utah. The Monument Management Plan has a strong focus on science, research, and education and requires the Monument staff to meet many goals in these areas. GSENM is an extremely valuable resource for cutting edge science, therefore lending itself to many educational opportunities both in the field and the classroom. We believe that students not only in the local areas, but nationwide, can benefit greatly from what is being discovered on the Monument. This is why we have created sites like this. Enjoy!