Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
New Exhibit Helps Visitors Explore Escalante
A new exhibit was installed outside of the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center to provide visitors with trip planning information whether the visitor center is open or closed, and focuses on safety and preparedness, and Leave No Trace principles.
A new mobile app was also released with trip planning information like maps, current road conditions, weather and flash flood alerts. The app has been touted by the National Weather Service as a trendsetting approach for providing visitors with real-time weather data and works even when users are out of cellular range, which is frequently the case in the Escalante backcountry.
Associate Monument Manager for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Matthew Betenson said this sort of information empowers visitors from around the world to create safe, yet fun, adventures on their public lands. “Danger and risk, and the freedom to experience wildness, are part of why visitors come here every year, and their numbers are increasing,” Betenson said. “It is imperative that travelers to the region come prepared to protect themselves and develop an ethical appreciation for the lands they are enjoying.”
The Escalante area includes lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Forest Service and the National Park Service, and visitors can easily become confused about which services are offered and what activities are available in different parts of the region.
“The new outdoor exhibits provide visitors to the Escalante area with much needed 24/7 trip planning support,” said Allysia Angus, Landscape Architect for GSENM. “Trip planning is the number one service people request at our visitor center before journeying into the ruggedly beautiful public lands surrounding Escalante.”
Each year the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center serves over 70,000 visitors to the Escalante region of GSENM, Dixie National Forest and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Excellent opportunities for backcountry hiking and camping abound in the Escalante portion of Glen Canyon NRA.
“The desire to feel a sense of exploration, discovery and seclusion attracts people from around the world,” said Glen Canyon NRA Superintendent William Shott. “As an avid public lands user and adventurer, one of my favorite things about this part of the Colorado plateau is the sense of discovery. The landscape, the human stories, and the beauty drive a person to want to go one canyon further, one horizon further, one vista beyond.”
Dixie National Forest Supervisor Angelita Bulletts said collaboration with the community was fundamental to developing the exhibit and app. A member of the Kaibab Paiute tribe, local sheriffs, area guides, a National Weather Service representative, the Scenic Byway 12 coordinator, agency rangers and other local residents were featured in the exhibit and app.