The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service (NPS). Covering more than one million acres the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is a scientific treasure. Its deep canyons, mountains, and lonely buttes testify to the power of geological forces and provide colorful vistas. The monuments relatively under formed and unobscured by vegetation—offer a clear view for understanding the Colorado Plateau’s geologic history. Geologic, geographic, and biological transitions give rise to the monument’s astonishing ecological diversity. Here two geologic provinces meet, the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau. Here also two ecoregions meet the Mojave Desert and Colorado Plateau.
The information found here is not meant to replace a visit to the Interagency Information Center. The information center is operated by a cooperating association, the Arizona Strip Interpretive Association. Visit the information center to purchase a copy of the Arizona Strip Visitor Map and obtain current, detailed information about road conditions, routes and weather forecasts.
30 miles southwest of St. George, Utah
This remote monument is not easily accessed. Before attempting to visit the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, obtain a map at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, UT. From St. George, take River Road south to the Arizona/Utah border. BLM Road 1069 will then lead you to several access points.
Scenic four-wheel-drive travel, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife and plant viewing, birdwatching, hunting, archeological and historic sites, and geologic sightseeing.
For those willing to make the long, remote drive, this monument offers spectacular vistas and scenery. Vegetation ranges from Mohave Desert flora to ponderosa pine forest. A variety of wildlife lives in the monument, including mule deer, bighorn sheep, wild turkey, and four species of rattlesnakes. This is one of the premier areas for mule deer hunting in the country. Permits are extremely limited and regulated through the Arizona Game and Fish Department
Here, paleozoic and mesozoic sedimentary rock layers offer a clear view to understanding the geologic history of the Colorado Plateau. The monument encompasses the lower portion of the Shivwits Plateau, an important watershed for the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. Beyond the phenomenal geological resources, the monument also contains countless biological and historical values.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
No permits or fees are required for general visitor activities. Visits to this monument require special planning and awareness of potential hazards such as unmarked rugged roads, venomous animals, extreme heat, and flash floods. Bring plenty of water, food, extra gasoline and at least two spare tires. High clearance vehicles are recommended.
There are no facilities within the monument.
Camping and Lodging
There are no developed campgrounds. The nearest lodging is in St. George, UT.