Pipe Springs National Monument
Pipe Springs National Monument is an oasis in the desert. With four springs in the immediate area and what used to be rich grasslands, Pipe Springs has long been inhabited. Ancestral Puebloans and Paiute Indians were the first people drawn to Pipe Springs National Monument by the water. Later, Mormon settlers, attracted by the water and grasslands– said to have grown “belly high to a horse”– called Pipe Spring National Monument 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 at Pipe Springs National Monument which was established in the late nineteenth century. A fully furnished historic fort, Winsor Castle at Pipe Springs, allows visitors to step back in time and relive Mormon pioneer life. For more Pipe Springs National Monument information be sure to get a Grand Circle Travel Packet!
VISITATION: 55,000 visitors annually. Fall, winter, and spring are periods of lower visitation. These periods offer excellent opportunities for bird watching. Because summer months bring the greatest number of visitors, most demonstrations, walks, and talks are scheduled for that period.
LOCATION: Located on the Arizona Strip. The Arizona Strip is a 12,000 square mile area in northern Arizona, north of the Grand Canyon and south of the Utah border.
Pipe Spring National Monument
HC 65 Box 5
Fredonia, Arizona 84755
TELEPHONE: (520) 643-7105
OPERATING HOURS, SEASONS: Pipe Spring National Monument is on Mountain Standard Time all year.
Winter (October through May)
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.
Summer (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.
Closed Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING: 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.
DIRECTIONS: Pipe Spring is 14 miles (23km) 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 (84km).
FEES, COSTS, RATES: 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.
FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES:
Visitor Center/Exhibits: 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.
Trails, Roads: 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 ½ mile loop trail offering impressive views of the Arizona Strip, Mt. Trumbull, the Kaibab plateau, and Kanab Creek Canyon.
Lodging and camping facilities: Camping, with full RV hookups and showers, is available ¼ mile north of the Monument at a campground on the Kaibab Paiute Reservation. Contact the Tribal Offices for more information at (520) 643-7245. Lodging is available in Fredonia, AZ (14 miles, 23 km) and Kanab, UT (21 miles, 34 km)
Food/supplies: Food service at the Monument is available at a café operated by the Kaibab Paiute Tribe. Food and gas are available at a gas station/convenience store, operated by the Kaibab Paiute Tribe, ½ mile from the Monument, just off AZ 389. Additional food services and grocery stores are available in Fredonia and Kanab.
Other Concessions/NPS-Managed Visitor Facilities and Opportunities: Zion Natural History Association operates a bookstore and gift shop featuring books on American Indian and pioneer history and American Indian and pioneer crafts.
Under an agreement with Grand Canyon National Park, Pipe Spring can issue last minute back – country permits to a limited number of sites/trails for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon only. Success in obtaining a permit is dependent upon available campsite space. Fees are charged for Grand Canyon back-country permits
Accessibility: The Visitor Center and gift shop are accessible to wheelchairs. An accessible restroom is located near the Visitor Center. Paved sidewalks lead to all the historic structures and the orchard. Interiors of the historic structures are not wheelchair accessible. The Visitor Center is located 100 yards from the historic structures. All visitors must park their vehicles in the parking lot at the Visitor Center. Pets must be leashed while on Monument grounds.
RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES/PARK USE:
Pipe Spring has three historic buildings open to the public year round. Winsor Castle (the Fort) is accessible only by ranger guided tour. These tours are offered every half hour on the hour and the half hour. The East and West Cabins can be visited by self guided tour. Monument grounds include a garden, orchard, longhorn cattle corral (complete with longhorns), horse corral, other farm livestock and a ½ mile loop trail offering impressive views of the Arizona Strip. These can be visited by self guided tour. During the summer months, ranger guided walks, talks and demonstrations of pioneer lifestyle are offered daily in the cooler morning hours.
Tour and school group reservations can be made by calling (520) 643-7105 at least two weeks prior to the date of intended visit to Pipe Spring.
BASIC VISIT RECOMMENDATIONS:
Allow at least one hour to visit Pipe Spring National Monument leaving ½ hour for the Fort tour and ½ hour to tour the grounds. If you choose to hike the ½ mile loop trail or attend a ranger guided walk, talk or demonstration (summer months only), allow another half hour for your visit. Be aware that Monument livestock can be found freely wandering grounds. These animals are for viewing only. They are not tame, so please use caution and keep a safe distance to ensure your safety. Be aware that there are rattlesnakes and other desert wildlife in the area. Use caution and common sense to guarantee your safety.