St. George, UT 84790
- West of and adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park
- National Park
The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is under joint management of the BLM and the NPS. Covering 1,054,264 acres of remote and unspoiled public lands, this monument is a scientific treasure, containing many of the same values that have long been protected in the Grand Canyon National Park. Deep canyons, mountains and lonely buttes testify to the power of geological forces and provide colorful vistas. Here Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rock layers are relatively undeformed and unobscured by vegetation, offering a clear view to understanding 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. Beyond the phenomenal geological resources, the monument also contains countless biological and historical values.
This remote area offers the hearty, outdoor adventurer miles of unpaved and often extremely rough roads. Visitors will enjoy viewing the unique combination of desert flora and deep canyons with exposed rock formations. Vegetation ranges from Mohave Desert sagebrush to ponderosa pine forest.
Visits to the area require special planning, and awareness of potential hazards such as rugged and unmarked roads, poisonous reptiles and insects, extreme heat and flash floods. Bring plenty of water, food, and gasoline, and two extra tires. Drive only on existing roads. High clearance vehicles are recommended.
The monument is located in the northwest corner of Arizona, bordering Nevada to the west and near the southern border of Utah. There are no paved roads or visitor services within the monuments million-plus acres. Visitors should be prepared for travel on rugged dirt roads. Traveling with an appropriate high clearance vehicle equipped with 8-ply or 10-ply tires or with two full-sized spare tires is recommended. The monument has entry roads from Nevada, Utah and Arizona.