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Pipe Spring National Monument
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Pipe Spring National Monument
Description - Pipe Spring National Monument is an oasis in the desert. With four springs in the immediate area and what used to be rich grasslands, this area has long been inhabited. Ancestral Puebloans and Paiute Indians were the first people drawn here by the water. Later, Mormon settlers, attracted by the water and grasslands-- said to have grown "belly high to a horse"-- called Pipe Spring home and established a ranching operation. In 1923, Pipe Spring was set aside as a National Monument to preserve this rich history.

Today, visitors can tour the remains of this Mormon cattle ranch established in the late nineteenth century. A fully furnished historic fort, Winsor Castle, allows visitors to step back in time and relive Mormon pioneer life.

55,000 visitors annually. Fall, winter, and spring are periods of lower visitation. These periods offer excellent opportunities for birding. Because summer months bring the greatest number of visitors, most demonstrations, walks, and talks are scheduled for that period.

Recreation - The Visitor Center offers exhibits on pioneer lifestyle, the development and use of Pipe Spring by American Indian groups and Mormon settlers, and a short video providing an overview of the history of the area. Vehicles must park in the lot at the Visitor Center. Pipe Spring is a walk-in park. From the visitor center, located near the parking lot, to the historic buildings is a 125 yard walk. In addition, there is a half mile loop trail offering impressive views of the Arizona Strip, Mt. Trumbull, the Kaibab plateau, and Kanab Creek Canyon.

Monument entrance fee is $2.00 per person for visitors 17 and older. Visitors 16 and under are admitted free. Golden Eagle, Golden Age and Golden Access Passports are accepted. At Pipe Spring National Monument, a walk-in rather than drive-in park, these passes cover only the card holder and his/her immediate family.

Pipe Spring National Monument celebrates National Parks Week at the end of April. August 25, the birthday of the National Park Service, is a free admission day.

During the winter months, October through May, the monument and visitor center open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Winsor Castle tours 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the hour and the half hour. In the summer months, May through September, monument and visitor center open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Winsor Castle tours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the hour and the half hour. On Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, the monument is closed.

Climate - Winter: daytime highs around 40° F (4° C), and night time lows near 20° F (-7° C). Occasional snow.

Summer: daytime highs around 95° F (35° C) and night time lows near 60° F (16° C). Summer afternoons often bring sudden thundershowers so an umbrella or rain wear could be useful.

Location - Pipe Spring is 14 miles (23 km) west of Fredonia, AZ, and 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Kanab, UT. From either, follow US 89A to AZ 389.

Pipe Spring is 44 miles (72 km) east of Hurricane, UT, where UT9 and UT 17 connect with UT 59. From Hurricane, follow UT59 to AZ 389.

Pipe Spring is 181 miles (291 km) east of Las Vegas, NV. Follow I-15 to UT 9 to UT 59 to AZ 389.

The nearest airport is in St. George, Utah, 52 miles (84 km).

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Contact Information:
Pipe Spring National Monument, HC 65, Box 5 , Fredonia, AZ, 86022, Phone: 520-643-7105

Additional Information:
Arizona National Forests, Parks and Monuments - This section includes the National Forests, National Parks, National Monuments, and National Historic Sites in Arizona. The Grand Canyon is the best known of these areas but there are many other spectacular sites.
Arizona's Historic Sites -
Grand Canyon Country - Grand Canyon Country encompasses northwestern Arizona. It features Grand Canyon National Park, Kaibab National Forest, and Slide Rock State Park. Flagstaff is the largest city in the region.

Pipe Spring National Monument - Official Park Service Site


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