Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument changes boundaries

Southern Utah. This is our backyard, The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A beautiful, remote, varied and as of late controversial stretch of land.

Recent Presidential changes have caused quite the uproar in our small town. Some folks are happy, some folks are not. But this is NOT a post on politics! This is about the great area we have to share, we STILL have to share. If you have been wondering about the changes, and what that means for your visit, here is quote from the executive director of Kane County Office of Tourism –

“The hikes, destinations and viewpoints that make southern Utah and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument so beautiful and worth exploring are not going anywhere. Visitors still have access to all the iconic sites and attractions; the only difference is that some areas will be managed by a different BLM office.”

If you have never experienced the grand vastness of the West, or the narrow sandstone walls of a slot canyon, it is all STILL here. Now is STILL a great time to visit Kanab and all of her national Parks and Monuments! (Video by Jared Warren Photography)

Here is a complete copy of the recent press release from area officials:
SOUTHERN UTAH (February, 2018) — While the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s boundaries were modified by Presidential Proclamation 9681 on December 4, 2017; Kane County and Garfield County Offices of Tourism and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) want to assure the public that these changes should not affect their overall outdoor experience in southern Utah. The area’s tourist attractions and sites continue to be accessible.

“The Presidential proclamation modified the boundaries of the national monument into three management units within the Monument known as the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits and Escalante Canyons units. The lands excluded from the Monument’s boundaries continue to be managed by the BLM’s Kanab Field Office and will remain accessible to the public in accordance with the existing BLM management plan,” said Harry Barber, acting Monument Manager.

“We are optimistic these changes will positively impact the outdoor experience in southern Utah,” said Camille Johnson, executive director of Kane County Office of Tourism. “The hikes, destinations and viewpoints that make southern Utah and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument so beautiful and worth exploring are not going anywhere. Visitors still have access to all the iconic sites and attractions; the only difference is that some areas will be managed by a different BLM office.”

“We want all visitors to know that the Garfield County and Kane County Offices of Tourism and the BLM are working together to continue providing a positive and fun visitor experience” said Falyn Owens, executive director of Garfield County Office of Tourism.

Popular destinations—such as Inchworm Arch, Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Gulch slot canyons, Lick Wash, Devils Garden and Cottonwood Narrows—are available and open to the public. In addition, outfitters and guides will continue to offer services in the area to help visitors see the unique sights.

“What is most important for people to know is that visitors will be able to access the beautiful scenery and experience the awaiting attractions.” Owens said.

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