Located off a major dirt road leading into the heart of the Arizona Strip, the Hayrocks Picnic Area is a site rich with history. The Hayrocks were in use during the late 1880s to the early 1900s as supply wagons used this road on their way to the Grand Gulch Mine
. Grain, hay, and supplies were left on top of the rocks to supply the wagoneers on their way back to St. George, Utah. Later this road was upgraded by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. Visitors can see one of the CCC rock culverts on this road about 1/3 mile up the road from the Hayrocks. The road was also the major access route to civilization for the homesteading families of the Arizona Strip and the ranchers that still live and work there. This is an excellent area to explore, including nearby sites of Wolf Hole Valley, Bundyville Schoolhouse, Whitmore Canyon, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
, and Mt. Trumbull
The Hayrocks Picnic Area is located in Arizona, approximately 20 milessouth of St. George, Utah.
Excellent access on graded primary dirt road (BLM Road No. 1089) from St. George, Utah. Take Bloomington Exit No. 4 off Interstate 15 south of St. George and head east on Brigham Road for approximately 2 miles to a T-intersection with River Road. Turn right (south) on River Road and travel south through the St. George Industrial Park. At the Arizona State Line the road becomes a graded gravel dirt road known as Quail Hill Road. You will cross the Southern Corridor four-lane paved belt route at the state line. Travel approximately 13 miles to a right curve in the road – the dirt road continuing straight is an earlier alignment of this road and leads to the Hay Rocks (large square boulders) and a picnic table approximately 100 yards past the curve. Quail Hill Road continues past the Hay Rocks up Quail Hill to Wolf Hole Valley and eventually to the edge of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, about 45 minutes beyond Hayrocks Picnic Area.
Picnicking, photography, mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. There is a cement mounting platform for horseback riding just up the Quail Hill Road from the Hayrocks Picnic Site. There is also a 2-3 mile long Mokaac Hiking Trail about 1 ½ mile up Quail Hill Road from the Hayrocks Picnic Site.
Hayrocks Picnic Area is in the Mojave Desert which can offer spectacular spring wildflowers during March/April depending on winter and spring moisture conditions. The site is an excellent place to reflect upon the natural and human history of the Mojave Desert.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Permits and fees are not required. The site is for day use only.
Excellent except during wet or inclement weather when road conditions may be muddy and difficult, occasionally during the winter and monsoon season of July/August. Because the road is a main route, it is usually passable and does not require high clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Camping and Lodging
Camping is not allowed at the site. The nearest lodging is in St. George, Utah and the nearest camping facilities are at the Virgin River Campground in the Virgin River Gorge off of Interstate 15 fifteen minutes south of St. George, Utah. Camping on other BLM–administered land is permissible up to 14 consecutive days at one location; pinyon-juniper forested areas can be found at the top of Quail Hill about 5-6 miles uphill from the site.
Food and Supplies
The closest food, supplies, and services are in St. George, Utah, 20 miles to the north.
The closest emergency services and hospital are in St. George, Utah 20 miles north of the site.
From the site and from Quail Hill Road just up from the site there are breathtaking views of St. George Basin, Pine Valley Mountains, and the red mountains north and west of St. George. Zion National Park can be seen in the distance. The Vermilion Cliffs are also visible east of St. George, Utah leading toward Colorado City, Arizona.
Further information may be obtained by contacting:
Arizona Strip Field Office
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790-6714
Phone: (435) 688-3200
Fax: (435) 688-3258
Field Manager: Lorraine Christian
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday