Location and Description
The 87,900-acre Paiute Wilderness, several miles southwest of St. George, Utah, dominates the northwest portion of the Arizona Strip. It is separated from the Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness to the north by Interstate 15. The Virgin Mountains form the backbone of this area rising over 5,600 feet from the desert floor. Mt. Bangs, the highest peak in the area at 8,012 feet, provides a commanding view of the area and the Basin and Range country to the west. Part of the wilderness is in the Arizona Strip Field Office and part in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.
The area's vegetation varies, ranging from ponderosa on top of Mt. Bangs, through pinyon forests, to scrub oak and sagebrush, and at the area's perimeter, Joshua trees, yucca and barrel cactus. These ecotypes host over 250 animal species including mule deer, mountain lion, desert bighorn sheep and desert tortoise. The deep canyons have several beautiful and secret places with water which attract campers and backpackers.
From St. George, Utah, travel south on Interstate 15 toward Mesquite, Nevada, approximately 20 miles south to the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area. The wilderness lies south of Interstate 15 and the Virgin River. Within the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area is the start of the Sullivan Canyon Trail. This trail provide rough hiking access into the Paiute Wilderness.
Alternatively, from St. George, Utah take Interstate 15 south to the Black Rock Junction. Travel in a southeasterly direction for approximately 4 miles to BLM Road 1009. Travel south on BLM Road 1009 for approximately 16 miles to the junction with BLM Road 1004. The wilderness is adjacent to road 1004 for about 10 miles especially to the west of the 1009/1004 junction.
The Interagency Visitor Center Office, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive, in St. George, Utah, offers visitor maps of the area.
Some lands around and within the wilderness are not federally administered. Please respect the property of the owners and do not cross or use these lands without their permission.
- 7.5-minute Topographic: Littlefield, Mountain Sheep Spring, Elbow Canyon, Mount Bangs, Jacobs Well, Cane Springs, Purgatory Canyon, Wolf Hole Mtn. W., Mustang Knoll;
- Also, Arizona Strip District Visitor Map
- 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management: Littlefield
- Game and Fish Management Unit 13B
For more information contact:
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790-6714
Phone: (435) 688-3202
Fax: (435) 688-3258
Monument Manager: Mark Wimmer
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday
"Man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, power lines, and right-angled surfaces. . . . We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope."