National Monuments and Wilderness Areas


Nearly 1.9-million acres of colorful sandstone cliffs soaring above narrow slot canyons just in Grand Staircase alone. Picturesque washes and seemingly endless slickrock; prehistoric village sites and abandoned old Western movie sets are among the many treasures.

Pipe Springs National Monument, Arizona
Located near the Utah/Arizona border, adventurous visitors will find one of the best kept secrets of the National Parks system. The monument is a historic pioneer fort located 20 minutes west of Kanab, Utah. See the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Visitor Center and Museum, the guided tour and walk the trails.
$7.00 per person for 7 days. (Includes a $2.10 per person tribal use fee.) Children 15 years old and under are admitted free. Your Annual National Park pass is good here.

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and Paria Canyon wilderness, Arizona

Vermillion Cliffs white pockets
Photo by Bob Wick

The wilderness area includes many plateaus, escarpments, and slot canyons. While many are lured and wait their turn to visit the infamous “Wave” in the North Coyote Buttes, the “White Pocket” area to the east is seldom visited. Maybe because of its remoteness or the requirement of 4WD to access the area.

Buckskin gulch slot canyon
Photo of Buckskin Gulch by Ryan Grimm

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah


Grand Staircase Map Utah
Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument encompasses 1.9 million acres of spectacular wilderness. (Note: The Federal Government has recently reduced the size of the actual monument, but so far nothing has changed for us as far as accessibility or activities.)

Camping, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, off-roading, and photography are popular activities. Visitor center is located in Kanab. Visitors must keep in mind that this is mostly undeveloped territory. The monument covers an area roughly the size of Delaware and was the last region in America to be explored.

Dixie National Forest, Utah

Dixie nat forest lava flow 640
Photo by Ken Lund

The Dixie National Forest offer great hiking trails that include terrain in slot canyons and high alpine areas. Anasazi ruins, caves and lava fields are some of the more unusual sights to see in this forest region which is an excellent place for camping, mountain biking, horseback riding and photography.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Lake Powell 640
Lake Powell
Horseshoe bend