Big Water Visitor Center

Quick Facts

Big Water Visitor Center


(435) 675-3200


Things To Do



The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's vast and austere Map of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument landscape embraces a spectacular array of scientific and historic resources. This high, rugged, and remote region, where bold plateaus and multi-hued cliffs run for distances that defy human perspective, was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped.

Even today, this unspoiled natural area remains a frontier, a quality that greatly enhances the Monument's value for scientific study. The Monument has a long and dignified human history: it is a place where one can see how nature shapes human endeavors in the American West, where distance and aridity have pitted against ancestors dreams and courage.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America's public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument's size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration.

The BLM information centers are located around the periphery of the Monument. BLM personnel at these centers can provide visitors with essential and detailed information. The centers also offer books and maps for purchase through cooperating interpretive associations.

The theme of the Big Water Visitor Center is Paleontology and Geology.

Map of Big Water Visitor Center

Latitude, Longitude: 37.078463, -111.661692



  • Historic Sites

    Displays in the visitor center include vibrant 30' mural depicting Late Cretaceous period, real dinosaur fossils on display, and a topographic relief model of Monument.

Phone Numbers


(435) 675-3200