Grand Staircase/Devil’s Garden is ‘masterpiece’ worth trip

Sunset Arch at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is quite a ways from Grand Junction, but is worth the more than four-hour trip. “It is a masterpiece of geological and biological diversity,” Geologist Clarence Dutton described what he termed a grand stairway of sequential cliffs and terraces in his Report of the Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah (1880).



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Sunset Arch at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is quite a ways from Grand Junction, but is worth the more than four-hour trip. “It is a masterpiece of geological and biological diversity,” Geologist Clarence Dutton described what he termed a grand stairway of sequential cliffs and terraces in his Report of the Geology of the High Plateaus of Utah (1880).

The Devil’s Garden is a fairyland of goblins, hoodoos, gnomes, knobs and arches. It’s also Heaven for rock hounds, scientists, historians, photographers and other desert rats like…




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