Then, in 2013, she found many similar coprolites in the Kaiparowits Formation of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
in southern Utah.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the controversial Great Staircase Escalante National Monument
, created by Pres.
Located on a mesa in southern Utah's Escalante National Monument
near red canyons and large-scale rock formations known as the Grand Staircase, the hotel blends into its surroundings and takes references from local Native Americans and ranchers.
The land that makes up the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument had been at the center of controversy since as early as 1936 when Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes proposed to set aside nearly 11 acres of land in southeast Utah as the Escalante National Monument
(Alexander, Campbell, Miller, and Poll 1989; Durrant 2007).
Recent campaigns for wilderness preservation, such as the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance's recent push to establish a 5.7 million acre wilderness (which prompted President Clinton to create the 1.7 million acre Escalante National Monument
) also have helped set the stage for a long-overdue revision of Western land use.
The lodge is located only a short drive away from some of America's most scenic and powerful wonders, including the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks.
He is seeking to repeal and replace the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments
and reverse the steady progress toward protecting the largest unprotected wilderness area in the lower 48 states.
They also said both politicians are expected to meet Mormon leaders immediately after reaching Utah, and then will proceed to the state capitol where Trump will reportedly sign the executive order to reduce the size of Utah's Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante national monuments
Palmer's protest comes a day after thousands of Utahns gathered at the state Capitol in support of Bears Ears and Grand Escalante national monuments
, both of which face drastic reductions by the Trump administration.