Created 3-Nov-12
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The canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument provide some of the most outstanding hiking opportunities to be found on earth. This is a huge area consisting of a maze of sandstone cliffs, canyons, and plateaus. The Canyons are part of a natural basin surrounded by higher areas of the Colorado Plateau at 11000ft while the lower parts of the canyons empty towards Lake Powell at 3,700 feet.This vast difference in topography and elevation give the area an amazing variety of plant and animal communities. Much of the area is remote and dangerous. There are practically no marked trails throughout this canyon country. Amazing displays of geological activities and erosional forces can be seen throughout the area, including the intricate network of deep canyons, uplifted plateaus, sheer cliffs, beautiful sandstone arches and natural bridges, water pockets, sandstone monoliths, pedestals and balanced rocks, domes and buttes, ironstone concretions and volcanic boulder fields.
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