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Pipe Spring National Monument, a little known gem of the National Park System, is rich with American Indian, early explorer and Mormon pioneer history. The water of Pipe Spring has made it possible for plants, animals, and people to live in this dry, desert region. Ancestral Puebloans and Kaibab Paiute Indians gathered grass seeds, hunted animals, and raised crops near the springs for at least 1,000 years. In the 1860s Mormon pioneers brought cattle to the area and by 1872 a fort was built over the main spring. The fort, called 'Winsor Castle' after the first ranch manager, was built by the Mormon Church to be the headquarters of a large cattle ranching operation. This isolated outpost served as a way station for people traveling across the Arizona Strip, that part of Arizona separated from the rest of the state by the Grand Canyon. It also served as a refuge for polygamist wives during the 1880's and 1890's. Although their way of life was greatly impacted, the Paiute Indians continued to live in the area and by 1907 the Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation was established, surrounding the privately owned Pipe Spring ranch. In 1923 the Pipe Spring ranch was purchased and set aside as a national monument. Today a visitor center, tours of Winsor Castle, summer 'living history' demonstrations, an orchard and garden, and a half-mile trail offer a glimpse of American Indian and pioneer life in the Old West.



Email - PISP_Interpretation@nps.gov

Fax- 928-643-7583

Write to
HC 65 Box 5
401 North Pipe Spring Road
Fredonia, AZ 86022

Offices - 928-643-7105
Visitor Information - 928-643-7151


Operating Hours, Seasons
NOTE: Pipe Spring National Monument is on Mountain Standard Time all year.

Summer (June through September): Monument grounds and Visitor Center are open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours of Winsor Castle are offered on the hour and half hour from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Winter (September through May): Monument grounds and Visitor Center are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours of Winsor Castle are offered on the hour and half hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

Getting There
PLANE - McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada is 3.5 hours west of Pipe Spring. The Salt Lake International Airport is 6 hours north of Pipe Spring.

CAR - From Interstate 15, turn onto Utah State Route 9 in Hurricane, Utah. Take Utah State Route 59 east out of Hurricane. This road turns into Arizona State Route 389 at the state line. Pipe Spring is 45 miles east of Hurricane.

From Utah Highway 89 and 89A, turn onto Arizona State Route 389 in Fredonia, Arizona. Pipe Spring is 15 miles east of Fredonia.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Bus and shuttle transportation are available from Las Vegas to St. George, Utah. From St. George follow the By Car directions from Interstate 15.

Weather & Climate
Summer: Daytime highs in the mid to upper 90's F (38 C) and night time lows near 70 F (16 C). Summer afternoons often bring sudden thunderstorms, so an umbrella or rain gear could be helpful.

Winter: Daytime highs around 40 F (4 C), and night time lows near 20 F (-7 C). Occasional snow.

The Visitor Center and gift shop are accessible to wheelchairs. An accessible restroom is located in the Visitor Center. Paved sidewalks lead to all the historic structures and the orchard. Interiors of the historic structures are not wheelchair accessible.

A written tour guide for the Winsor Castle tour is available at the Visitor Center or Winsor Castle for the hearing or mobility impaired.

Getting Around
Pipe Spring National Monument is a 'walk-in park'. The Visitor Center is located 150 yards from the historic structures, garden, and orchard.


Visitor Centers
Open All Year
Phone - 928-643-7151
Location - The Visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument is found at the entrance to the Monument.
Closures - Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.
Exhibits - The Pipe Spring Visitor Center offers exhibits on pioneer and Indian lifestyles, the development and use of Pipe Spring by American Indian groups and Mormon settlers, and a short introductory video.
Available Facilities - The restrooms are located in the Visitor Center complex as well as a bookstore/giftshop operated by the non-profit Zion Natural History Association.

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Campgrounds Nearby
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These outdoors activities are available near Pipe Spring National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Pipe Spring National Monument:
Blue Sage Motel and RV, Fredonia, 1 miles away
Paria Canyon Adventure Ranch / Campground and Hostel, Kanab, 4 miles away
Utah Trails Resort, Kanab, 4 miles away
Kanab RV Corral, Kanab, 5 miles away
Hitch-n-post, Kanab, 5 miles away
Crazy Horse RV Campark, Kanab, 5 miles away
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Kanab, 5 miles away
 Hotels Near Pipe Spring National Monument:
Travelodge Kanab, Kanab , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn Kanab, Kanab , 5 miles away
Rodeway Inn Kanab, Kanab , 5 miles away
Best Western Red Hills, Kanab , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites KANAB, Kanab , 5 miles away
Comfort Suites Kanab, Kanab , 5 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Kanab, Kanab , 6 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Pipe Spring National Monument:
Brian Head, Utah , 47 miles away, 1707 foot drop, 8 lifts, 53 runs
Elk Meadows, Utah , 76 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Williams, Arizona , 99 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 7 runs
 Public Lands Near Pipe Spring National Monument:
Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon - UT , 47 miles away
Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon - AZ , 57 miles away
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Cedar City - UT , 57 miles away
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah , 14 miles away
Kaibab National Forest, Arizona , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pipe Spring National Monument:
Coral Cliff Golf Course, Kanab , 5 miles away

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