Big Water Visitor Center

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The Big Water Visitor Center is one of four visitor centers in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, each with a different theme. However, the Big Water Visitor Center is more like a real-world time machine as it focuses on the early geologic and paleontological discoveries in this region.

Located between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona, along Highway 89, it is a great place to stop if you love rocks, dinosaurs, or both! Visitors will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff and several paleontology exhibits that were discovered locally right here, on the Monument. Since 2005, fourteen new dinosaur species from the Monument, and one from Utah State Land north of Big Water, have been named. This makes the Monument one of the most productive places to find new dinosaur species in North America! These “World Class” fossils largely represent animals and ecosystems unknown prior to 2000, something that surprised even the most jaded of researchers. So if you are planning a trip to the Monument, consider making a stop at the Big Water Visitor Center. For the inquisitive minds, there is even a full-length mural inside the visitor center that depicts the Late Cretaceous landscape, paleontology and geology exhibits, and of course everyone’s favorite – dinosaur bones.


Adventure is at Your Fingertips


Summer hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., five days a week (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) beginning Friday, Mar. 1, 2024.

Plan Your Visit

Coyote Buttes North Daily Lottery (The Wave)

Coyote Buttes North Daily Lottery (The Wave)

BLM enhances permitting process for The Wave in Coyote Buttes North. To learn more visit the Coyote Buttes North (The Wave) Homepage. Apply here.

Coyote Buttes North Advanced Lottery (The Wave)

Planning 4 months in advance? To learn more about the Advanced Lottery, visit the Coyote Buttes North (The Wave) Homepage. Apply here.

Paria Canyon Overnight Permits

Paria Canyon Overnight Permits

Get permits, human-waste bags, maps & information at these locations:

Arizona Strip District & Public Lands Info. Center
345 E. Riverside Dr.
St. George, UT 84790

Kanab Field Office (permits available for pick up Nov. 16 - Mar. 14)
This is not the Kanab Visitor Center
669 S. Highway 89A  
Kanab, UT 84741

Paria Contact Station (permits available for pick up Mar. 15 - Nov. 15)
U.S. Highway 89 (44 miles east of Kanab, Utah)

As a reminder, permits must be picked up in person at the specified location you selected when making your reservation; all trash and solid human waste must be carried out; and all fires are prohibited. For a complete list of Rules & Regulations, visit the "Need to Know" section on


Active Advisories & Alerts in Effect

Check out the advisories and alerts in effect to help plan and prepare for your next adventure. Help prevent wildfires! Learn more at Utah - Fire Restrictions | Bureau of Land Management (

Cool Day Trips

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Big Water Visitor Center
20 Revolution Way
Big Water

Geographic Coordinates

37.07684722, -111.6640806


The Big Water Visitor Center is located on Highway 89, 18 miles northwest of Page, AZ.