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Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
Wildlife Watching > Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (AZ) 
Location
30 miles southwest of St. George, Utah.
 
Description
The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument covers more than 1 million acres of remote canyons, mountains, and buttes. Extremely rugged and isolated, this monument is suitable for the hearty outdoor adventurer only. Grand Canyon National Park forms the monument’s southern border. The monument is home to countless biological, historical, and archaeological treasures. It is managed jointly by the BLM and the National Park Service.
 
Directions
From St. George, take River Road south approximately 6 miles to the Arizona/ Utah border. BLM Road 1069 will then lead you to several access points.
 
Visitor Activities
Four-wheel driving, hiking, wildlife viewing, plant viewing, birdwatching, big-game hunting, archaeological site, historic site, horseback riding, and geologic sightseeing
 
Special Features
For those people willing to make the long, remote drive, this monument offers spectacular vistas and abundant natural and cultural resources. Vegetation ranges from Mojave Desert flora to ponderosa pine forest. A variety of wildlife lives in the monument, including mule deer, bighorn sheep, wild turkeys, and four species of rattlesnakes. This is one of the premier areas for mule deer hunting in the country.
   
Within the monument, Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rock layers are relatively undeformed and unobscured by vegetation, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about 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. The monument also contains countless biological, archaeological, and historical resources. Fossils are abundant throughout the monument. Among these are large numbers of invertebrate fossils, including bryozoans and brachiopods.
   
Prehistoric use is documented byirreplaceable rock art images, quarries, villages, watchtowers, farms, burial sites, caves, rock shelters, trails and camps. Historic ranch structures and corrals, fences, water tanks, and the ruins of sawmills are scattered across the monument, evidence of the remote family ranches and the lifestyles of early homesteaders.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Hunting permits are extremely limited and regulated through the Arizona Game and Fish Department (www.azgfd.com).
 
Accessibility
None.
 
Camping and Lodging
There are no developed campgrounds. The nearest lodging is in St. George, Utah.
 
Food and Supplies
There are no services on-site. The nearest food and supplies are in St. George.
 
First Aid
There is no first aid station on-site. The nearest hospital is in St. George.
 
Additional Information
Road conditions vary based on weather conditions. Visitors should call BLM before venturing to this monument. This remote area is not easily accessed. Before attempting to visit the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, visitors should obtain a map at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah. Visits to this monument require special planning and awareness of potential hazards such as unmarked, rugged roads, venomous animals, extreme heat, and flash floods. Visitors should bring plenty of water, food, extra gasoline, and at least twospare tires. High-clearance vehicles are recommended.
 
Contact Information
BLM - Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
345 E. Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84770
Tel: (435) 688-3200              
Fax: (435) 688-3528

Ponderosa pines root on steep, storm-battered cliffs within the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

Ponderosa pines root on steep, storm-battered cliffs within the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. (BLM)

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument


 
Last updated: 10-23-2009