KANAB, Utah (ABC4) – The Bureau of Land Management Utah (BLM) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on Saturday with keynote speakers, a new audio series, virtual artwork, and a very special birthday message from “Jurassic World” actor, Chris Pratt.
“It’s one of the coolest dinosaur places in the world,” says Pratt. “Numerous fossils over 75 million years old have been found.”
The “Jurassic World” actor is famously known for playing velociraptor expert Owen Grady in the film series.
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a unique natural wonder located in southern Utah, perfect for hiking, camping, ATV-riding, and fishing.
The 25th Anniversary celebration welcomed a new audio series exploring the science behind the area, along with a virtual art show and a new webpage dedicated to the natural beauty.
Officials say the monument area is about the size of Delaware and has natural artifacts dating anywhere from 50 million years old to 275 million years old. It was declared a national monument by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and has been rich in prehistoric paleontology discoveries.