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10 Natural Wonders to Experience Before They Disappear Forever

Fodor's Logo By Meg Butler of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 10: Not that there was a lot of competition, but Utah’s grand staircase is one of the world’s most breathtaking natural staircases.Each step takes hikers down through layers of history, 200 million years in total. Erosion of the sedimentary rock reveals prehistoric plants, vegetables, animals and the largest collection of dinosaur fossils found anywhere in the world.But you’ll need more than one vacation day to see it. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is huge–roughly the size of Delaware–with plenty of rock formations, hiking trails, camping, and horseback riding spots to keep you busy for a year’s worth of long weekends. At least while it’s still around.

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Not that there was a lot of competition, but Utah’s grand staircase is one of the world’s most breathtaking natural staircases.Each step takes hikers down through layers of history, 200 million years in total. Erosion of the sedimentary rock reveals prehistoric plants, vegetables, animals and the largest collection of dinosaur fossils found anywhere in the world.But you’ll need more than one vacation day to see it. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is huge–roughly the size of Delaware–with plenty of rock formations, hiking trails, camping, and horseback riding spots to keep you busy for a year’s worth of long weekends. At least while it’s still around.
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