Where will Trump’s attack on public lands end? Here’s everything you need to know about the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante land grab, and how you can help protect these sacred national monuments. 

A drive down a dirt road that threatened to bottom out my Kia Soul and one single day hike through a narrow canyon; the walls looking like massive sculptures of red and tan clays, the cottonwood trees’ leaves a brilliant yellow.

That’s all it took for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to carve a permanent space in my mind as a place I wanted to explore time and again. But unless I move to Utah and devote myself to Grand Staircase full-time, I’ll never know it as deeply as I would like: The National Monument is huge.

Or, make that, was huge; 1,880,461 acres huge, to be precise. On December 4, President Trump issued a proclamation slashing Grand Staircase’s size by half while also decimating Bears Ears National Monument, also in Utah, by 85 per cent.