Monday, April 4, 2016
Pipe Spring National Monument
Pipe Springs, fed by rain and snow melt in the mountains, has been a source of water for nomadic tribes for centuries. In 1870 Brigham Young, president of the LDS church, decided that the arces of grassland and the year round flow of water made it a good place to establish a cattle ranch. Cheese, butter and cattle were sent to St. George twice a month. This venture lasted for 8 years before a lack of rain and overgrazing made it unprofitable.
The land surrounding Pipe Springs has been returned to the Kaibab PaiuteTribe. The monument site which consists of the ranch house, out buildings, a paved trail and a visitor center is managed jointly by the park service and the Kaibab PaiuteTribe.
The site is partly accessible. The visitor center is completely accessible. The paved trail is accessible. The ranch house, built similar to a fort with an enclosed courtyard and narrow exterior windows, is not accessible due to steps. The ranch house can be seen by guided tour which starts in the courtyard. Some of the ranger talk can be heard from the courtyard. The out buildings all have steps or high thresholds.
The parking lot has long RV spaces.
We stayed at the Kaibab Paiute RV Park which is 1/2 mile north of the monument. The park has been undergoing renovation. There isn’t a restroom and shower building yet but there is a pota-potty. Few sites have tables. All have full hookups. Most have a sideways slope so leveling is necessary The ground surface is loose gravel which makes rolling around a bit difficult.
Monument 36.8621, -112.73704 Campground 36.86702, -112.73591