Annual Fact Sheet (2018)
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (PARA) was designated by Presidential Proclamation on January 11, 2000. The Monument is jointly managed under Service First Authority by a staff of NPS and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) personnel. The monument is comprised of lands formerly part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the BLM Arizona Strip District Office. PARA is considered an Affiliated Area of the national park system.
The monument name recognizes over 100 miles of the north rim of the Grand Canyon geologic feature that is part of the monument. Parashant is derived from a Southern Paiute family name 'Parashaunts' which means 'elk hide softening.' One of the largest canyons in the monument is named after the family but spelled 'Parashant.'
The National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management cooperatively protect an undeveloped, wild, and remote landscape in northwestern Arizona. The monument provides opportunities for recreation, scientific research, and historic/traditional uses.
The Monument protects a variety of biological, geological, hydrological, paleontological, archeological, cultural and historical resources. The Monument has a long and rich human history spanning more than 12,000 years. The geologic history is complex as the Parashant includes both the Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range geologic provinces. Layers of rock have been uncovered by both the eroding Colorado River watershed and Basin and Range faulting, exposing 1.7 billion years of geologic history. Vegetation communities are diverse, ranging from Joshua trees in the Mojave Desert at 1,247 feet above sea level up to ponderosa pine forests and small aspen groves at Mt Trumbull at 8,028 feet. It also contains four designated BLM wilderness areas and 188,121 acres of NPS proposed wilderness. Numerous caves, geologically recent cinder cones and lava flows, desert springs, ancient pueblos, petroglyphs, and historic mining and ranching structures are among its resources.
Size: 1,048,321 acres (208,449 acres NPS; 812,581 acres BLM; 27,291 acres non-federal)
Staffing: NPS 12 permanent staff, 1 temporary staff, 13 total full-time equivalents. BLM 8 permanent staff, 0 temporary staff, 8 total full-time equivalents.
Annual Visitation: 18,200 (BLM data)
Budget: $1,637,914 NPS, $899,264 BLM
Deferred Maintenance: $4,271,090 (on NPS portion only, no BLM data)
Interested Agencies and Organizations
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is located in Mohave County, Arizona. The administrative office is located in St. George, Utah. Mesquite, Nevada also serves as a gateway community. Pipe Spring National Monument serves as a gateway park to the east.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area retains title to NPS lands in the Parashant but management decisions are made by the Parashant superintendent and the BLM manager. Lake Mead provides some administrative support, cultural and natural resource assistance, and fire/fuels management.
Bureau of Land Management administered lands in the monument are managed as part of the BLM’s Arizona Strip District. The monument is a unit within the BLM’s National Conservation Lands system. There are several inholdings and State Trust Land parcels within the boundary. When possible, the BLM works with the State of Arizona to acquire parcels. The BLM also seeks to purchase private inholdings from willing sellers.
The Public Lands Information Center in St. George, Utah is cooperatively run by the BLM Arizona Strip District, the BLM St. George Field Office, the Pine Valley Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest, and Parashant staff. The Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association operates the cooperating association store as part of an assistance agreement with the BLM.
The primary visitor group to the monument is the motorized recreation community. The public uses rugged 4x4 motorized vehicles to hunt, camp, and discover scenic vistas on over 1,200 miles of unpaved monument roads. This includes private clubs, tour operators, families, and individuals. They come from gateway communities around the monument, as well as Las Vegas, NV. A large percentage of this group are retirees. There are no paved roads in the monument so RVs, passenger cars, and unmodified vans are not appropriate.
Southern Paiute Tribal Bands have strong cultural connections to their traditional homelands within the monument. Monument staff work closely with the Southern Paiute Nation on a variety of projects. These include wildlife management, tribal youth education and employment programs, and the identification and preservation of cultural sites. Monument managers provide ongoing access for tribal members for allowable traditional cultural uses.
Descendants of 19th and 20th century settlers on the Arizona Strip still live nearby. Some still graze cattle in the Monument. The Friends of the Arizona Strip, a non-profit, landowner/ranching organization was formed to preserve and maintain the traditional and historical multiple uses of the Arizona Strip including ranching, grazing, mining, timber harvesting, hunting, and recreation.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department works closely with staff on a variety of popular big game hunting activities and wildlife habitat issues.
The Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative at Southern Utah University provides award winning paid youth internships on Federal lands to develop skills to help foster the next generation of professional land managers.
A variety of environmental conservation organizations remain very interested in Monument management activities.
Arizona Senators: John McCain (R), Jeff Flake (R)
Arizona Representative: Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04)
Utah Senators: Orrin Hatch (R), Mike Lee (R)
Utah Representative: Chris Stewart (R-UT-02)
NPS Superintendent: Chad Corey (435) 688-3226
BLM Manager: Mark Wimmer (435) 688-3202
Public Affairs Officer: Jeff Axel (435) 688-3377
Last updated: April 4, 2018