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
|Number of Campsites:||Unlimited|
|Use Level:||Very Low|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|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.|
|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.
Saturday 01/20 70%
High 51° / Low 32°
Chance of Rain
Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 51F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Sunday 01/21 0%
High 49° / Low 29°
Mainly sunny. High 49F. Winds light and variable.
Monday 01/22 0%
High 53° / Low 35°
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 53F. Winds light and variable.
Tuesday 01/23 0%
High 57° / Low 36°
A mainly sunny sky. High 57F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday 01/24 0%
High 59° / Low 40°
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 59F. Winds light and variable.
Thursday 01/25 20%
High 58° / Low 34°
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 58F. Winds S 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:
- Grand Wash Bench Trail
- Hell Hole – Mount Logan Trail
- Mount Trumbull Trail
- Nampaweap Rock Art Site
- Pauite Trail
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.
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