Location and Description
This remote 37,030-acre wilderness is a 12-mile long stretch of the Grand Wash Cliffs. St. George, Utah the largest town in the area (approx. 76,000 people) is 36 air miles north of the wilderness. Filled with rugged canyons, scenic escarpments, miles of towering cliffs and sandstone buttes the wilderness marks the transition zone between the Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range provinces. The cliffs are important habitat for the desert tortoise, gila monster and desert bighorn sheep. Vegetation is a mix of Mojave desert shrubs, annual grasses and pinyon-juniper woodland from colder desert country. Opportunities for finding solitude and engaging in primitive recreation activities in this beautiful but sparse land is outstanding.
To reach the Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness Trailhead, travel from St. George by driving south on Interstate 15, take Exit 2, traveling east on Utah State Route 7 to the Quail Hill Road, BLM 1069, also known as County Rd. 5, travelling south for approximately 23 miles to the junction of County Road 101. Head in a southwesterly direction on County Road 101 for approximately 10 miles to BLM Road 1007. Travel south on BLM Road 1007 for 10.3 miles to the junction of BLM road 1003, turn east, and travel 3 miles to the trailhead.
The trailhead may also be reached from West Mesquite Blvd. in Mesquite, Nevada, by travelling south on Nevada State Road 170, to the Lime Kiln Road, County Road 242. Head in a southeasterly direction on County Road 242, for approximately 16 miles to Cottonwood Road, BLM Road 1027, continuing southeast approximately 10.3 miles to BLM Road 1007. Turn northeast on BLM Road 1007 for approximately 5.6 miles to BLM road 1003, turn east, and travel 3 miles to the trailhead.
The Interagency Visitor Center Office, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive, in St. George, Utah, offers visitor maps of the area.
Some lands south of 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: Cane Springs SE, St. George Canyon, Olaf Knolls, Last Chance Canyon, Grand Gulch Bench, Mustang Point
- Also, Arizona Strip District Visitor Map
- 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management: Littlefield, Mount Trumbull
- 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
"Wilderness can be reclaimed from civilization only slowly and seldom completely. For all practical purposes the wilderness that remains is all we will ever have . . . "
Roderick Nash, 1982