Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness Area

Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness

Photo by Kenneth Ingham

Location and Description

This remote 37,030-acre wilderness is a 12-mile long stretch of the Grand Wash Cliffs. St. George, Utah the largest town in the area (20,000 people) is 36 air miles north of the wilderness. Filled with rugged canyons, scenic escarpments, miles of towering cliffs and sandstone buttes the wilderness marks the transition zone between the Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range provinces. The cliffs are important habitat for the desert tortoise, gila monster and desert bighorn sheep. Vegetation is a mix of Mojave desert shrubs, annual grasses and pinyon-juniper woodland from colder desert country. Opportunities for finding solitude and engaging in primitive recreation activities in this beautiful but sparse land is outstanding.


From St. George, the area may be reached via Interstate 15 and the Quail Hill (BLM 1069), County 101, Hobble (BLM 1032), St. George Canyon (BLM 1034), and Hidden Canyon (BLM 1003) roads. It may also be reached from Mesquite, Nevada on the Lime Kiln (County 242), Cottonwood (BLM 1027), Grand Wash (BLM 1061) and Grand Gulch (BLM 1050) roads. The Grand Canyon and Lake Mead prevent access from the south. The Interagency Information Center has a visitor map which shows wilderness areas and roads in detail.

Nonfederal Lands

Some lands south of the wilderness are not federally administered. Please respect the property of the owners and do not cross or use these lands without their permission.

Related Maps

  • 7.5-minute Topographic: Cane Springs SE, St. George Canyon, Olaf Knolls, Last Chance
    Canyon, Grand Gulch Bench, Mustang Point
  • Also, Arizona Strip District Visitor Map
  • 1:100,000 BLM Surface Management: Littlefield, Mount Trumbull
  • Game and Fish Management Unit 13B

Last updated: April 13, 2018

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Mailing Address:

345 East Riverside Drive
St. George , UT 84790


435 688-3200
Phones are answered Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The information center is closed on Saturday and Sunday as well as all federal holidays.

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