1b - Welcome Information
Established in 1923, Pipe Spring National Monument commemorates pioneer and Indian life on the southwestern frontier. A fresh water spring on the site provided water for farming and daily life to ancestral Indians and Kaibab Paiute for centuries. In 1872 a fort was built over the spring by Mormon pioneers who used the spring and surrounding rangeland for cattle and sheep ranching.
VISITOR ACTIVITIES at Pipe Spring National Monument:
• View exhibits in the NPS/Tribal museum - Allow 1 hour.
• Visit the historic fort, known as “Winsor Castle”, on a guided tour.
Winsor Castle is a 5-minute walk from here. Allow 30 minutes for the tour.
• Tour the grounds at your leisure.
Allow 30 minutes to visit the orchard, a seasonal garden, the East and West cabins, the ponds, and the corrals.
• Hike the Ridge Trail for views of the Arizona Strip.
The trailhead is located on the left (west) side of the fort. The trail is ½ mile long. Allow 30 minutes.
• During the summer months, rangers and volunteers offer daily talks and demonstrations.
Safety Note: Ranch livestock are not tame; keep a safe distance. There are
rattlesnakes and other desert wildlife in the area.
Did You Know?
The Kaibab Paiute Indians used cliffrose bark to make mats, skirts, leggings, etc. Learn more at the Pipe Spring National Monument - Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Visitor Center and Museum. More...