Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument offers dispersed camping on over 1 million remote untouched acres on the northwest end of the Grand Canyon. The monument is located on the southwestern end of the Colorado Plateau and provides a varied landscape. Much of the landscape is dominated by low and high desert plant life, but as you move up in elevation, the landscape produces ponderosa pines.

There are numerous remote valleys and canyons to explore within the monument, all the way up to the north rim of the Grand Canyon itself. There are several designated wilderness areas that are popular destinations. These include Grand Cliffs Wash, Mount Logan, Mount Trumbull, and Paiute Wilderness Areas. Hiking and off-road driving are abundant in the area. There are also numerous places where you will find Native American petroglyphs that were scrawled into the rocks centuries ago.

There is no visitor center (or any other facilities for that matter) at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. The monument is generally only accessible from the north, as access from the south is blocked by the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead. All of the roads leading into and within the monument are unpaved dirt roads.

There are no camping amenities at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, be prepared to camp on your own. Bring plenty of water, food, fire wood, and other supplies. All camping is dispersed camping and campers may select their own campsites. Camping within one quarter of a mile of water is prohibited by Arizona state law. Campfires are allowed but only dead, down, and detached wood may be used.

Before attempting to visit the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, obtain a map at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, UT.

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Camping Features

Campground Type: Dispersed
Number of Campsites: Unlimited
Cost: Free
Use Level: Very Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: None
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: None
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round
Other:

Getting There

Address:
Geo Coordinates: 36.675872, -113.629670
Nearest City/Town: St. George, Utah
Elevation: 4200 – 6200 Feet
Location: Mohave County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 70+ Miles
Directions: From St. George, take River Road south to the Arizona/Utah border. BLM Road 1069 will then lead you to several access points.

Connect

Phone: (435) 688-3200
Web: Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
Reservations: Not Accepted – First-come, First-served

When To Go

Spring & Fall – Spring and Fall offer the best weather, not too hot, and not too cold.

Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 10/16 0%
High 74° / Low 53°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High 74F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 10/17 0%
High 74° / Low 51°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. Gusty winds in the morning. High 74F. Winds ENE at 20 to 30 mph.
Clear
Thursday 10/18 0%
High 77° / Low 49°
Clear
Sunny skies. High 77F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.
Clear
Friday 10/19 0%
High 81° / Low 54°
Clear
A mainly sunny sky. High 81F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.
Clear
Saturday 10/20 0%
High 83° / Low 58°
Clear
Sunny. High 83F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 10/21 20%
High 79° / Low 59°
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 79F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

What To Do

Hiking – There are hundreds of trails for hiking within Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Popular hiking trails and destinations include:

Off-road Driving and Overlanding – There are no paved roads within the monument.

Stargazing – Since Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is so remote it makes it easy to see millions of stars without light glare from cities.

Fun Facts

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument was created in 2000 by a Presidential Executive Order and is jointly managed by the National Park Service and the BLM.

Image Credits: BLM via Flickr

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