|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
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 demonstration, walks, and talks are scheduled for that
- 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 86022
- (520) 643-7105
- OPERATING HOURS, SEASONS:
NOTE: 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).
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.
- 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
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, COST, 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.
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.
the summer months, ranger guided walks, talks and demonstrations of pioneer lifestyle are
offered daily in the cooler morning hours.
- 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 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- SPECIAL EVENTS:
- 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.
- VISITOR IMPACTS:
- To preserve the historic fort and its period furnishings, tour size is limited to 15