The Grand Staircase
The Grand Staircase is, in geologic and geographic terms, that rising series of canyons from the Grand Canyon just below the Utah-Arizona border up through the Colorado Plateau, including Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. In political terms, it most quickly brings to mind Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, under assault by Trump, Zinke, Utah politicians and the extraction industries. In spiritual terms, it's Red Rock Country, Abbey Country, the most sublime -- and fragile -- place in the U.S. Here are images taken on journeys to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, and the Grand Canyon. Edward Abbey was talking about Arches National Park, northeast of the Grand Staircase, when he declared it the most beautiful place on Earth. To us, all of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona's Red Rock Country fits this bill.