grand staircase escalante national monument

Sat in Zebra Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT

Not the usual hiking gear, but the whole water element was a surprise, and we weren’t going to turn back after finding this place. We hiked through in just our underwear with no boots on, often reaching water that was chest-high. For the middle of summer, the water was surprisingly chilly, but it just added to the crazy experience. An unforgettable day amongst a summer of unforgettable days, 2014. 


I had this sitting in my drafts. You should get to look at some pretty waterfalls from waterfall season last year.

(1) Havasu Falls – Havasupai Reservation, Arizona

(2) + (3) Beaver Falls – border between Havasupai Reservation and Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

(4) Horsetail Falls – Alpine, Utah

(5), (6) + (7) – Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument


It’s easy to see why Lower Calf Creek Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, designated 20 years ago today. The hike traverses a lush streamside oasis that bisects the dramatic and harsh bedrock landscape east of the community of Escalante. Observant hikers on the 6 mile round-trip trek can spot pictographs and rock granaries perched on the opposite canyon walls as they wind up the cottonwood lined canyon. The hike is relatively level, but stretches of soft sand make it moderately strenuous.  

At the end, the reward is a picture-perfect 126 foot cascade over a red-rock cliff. The green and yellow colors that line the contours of the column of water came from algae growing on the sandstone that thrive on the falls’ year-round flow.  A must for your bucketlist!

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 Hidden Oasis at Coyote Gulch (Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument)                                                    by Alex Mironyuk

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Welcome to #mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016, Week 2 – Our Camping Picks for Amazing Sunsets, Starry Skies and Smores!

Last week, we kicked off another summer roadtrip with Places That Rock – Caves, Volcanoes, Hoodoos and More.  Check out the interactive recap of Week 1 in our Places That Rock @esri storymap journal:

From June 20-26, #mypubliclandsroadtrip sets up camp on BLM-managed lands for beautiful sunsets, clear and starry skies, and endless outdoor fun. Follow along all week as we add new places to the #mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016 map and Our Camping Picks storymap journal


Happy 120th birthday to Utah, our 45th state! 

The BLM manages nearly 22.9 million acres of public lands in Utah, from the snow-capped peaks of remote mountain ranges to colorful red-rock canyons. Visit these stunning lands in 2016 for one-of-a-kind hikes, floats, camping and more! #getoutdoors  


Celebrate National #TakeAHikeDay by Exploring Your Public Lands!

Visitors enjoy countless types of outdoor adventure – not just hiking – on the approximately 250 million acres of BLM-managed public lands in the United States.

In an increasingly urbanized West, these recreational opportunities in beautiful natural landscapes are vital to the quality of life enjoyed by residents of western states, as well as national and international visitors.

Photos by BLMer Bob Wick.


The #mypubliclandsroadtrip Returns for Another Summer of Adventure!

The Bureau of Land Management manages over 245 million acres of public land on behalf of the American people. Last summer, we headed out on a virtual #mypubliclandsroadtrip to “visit” those lands from east to west.  

Kicking off today, the #mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016 will feature diverse landscapes and unique resources on your public lands by activity and interest, from the best camping sites to cool geological processes and formations to ghost towns. Follow the virtual roadtrip today through Labor Day, and plan your own adventures. Explore #yourlands.

Want to get involved in the fun? Follow and share #mypubliclandsroadtrip across social media, and add your own photos to the roadtrip through the weekly My Public Lands Instagram challenges!


On this day in 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the National Parks and Recreation Act

This [Act] reaffirms our Nation’s commitment to the preservation of our heritage, a commitment which strives to improve the quality of the present by our dedication to preserving the past and conserving our historical and natural resources for our children and grandchildren. It honors those who helped to shape and develop this Nation; it acknowledges our need to receive strength and sustenance from natural beauty; and it addresses the pressing need to improve recreational opportunities in our urban areas.

-Jimmy Carter, November 10, 1978

BLM photos by Bob Wick.