Twin Point Overlook of the Grand Canyon
Twin Point provides several stunning views into the Grand Canyon. Rangers recommend a visit to Twin Point be done as a camping trip to see the sunset and sunrise from Twin Point. There are several campsites along the Grand Canyon rim. On the way to Twin Point you'll see cattle and cowboy line shacks and drive through a ponderosa pine forest. You need a high clearance 4x4 vehicle with rugged tires for this drive and be willing to travel about 150 miles on unpaved roads.
While almost all of the Parashant has no cell service, it was recently discovered that Verizon customers may get service (data and voice calls) the final two miles of the road out to Twin Point. There is a cell tower across the canyon at the Grand Canyon West Skywalk on the Hualapai Reservation. This service may be device dependent so DO NOT count on it.
This guide starts in St. George. You will need a full tank of gas for this drive. There is no gas available on the Arizona Strip. Mileages listed below are approximate. Be aware that some trucks and SUVs have minor differences in odometer readings if tire size differs from the factory setting. All turns should be well marked by road signage. Rangers recommend you bring the free National Park Service Parashant Map with you before starting out as the roads to Twin Point are all shown on this map. The drive to Twin Point utilizes the same roads in and out. The NPS map can be picked up at the address at the bottom of the page or mailed to you. If you plan to travel other roads near Twin Point you will need the 2016 BLM Arizona Strip Visitor Map that shows every road.
• High Clearance 4x4 Trucks or SUVs (passenger cars, crossovers, minivans, and RVs will not make it to Twin Point. The road is too rough and has very sharp turns.)
• Four Wheel Drive
• Rugged All-Terrain Tires
From Interstate 15, take Exit 2 east onto the Southern Parkway (Hwy 7) toward the airport. Take Exit 3 (River Road) and turn south. Set your vehicle trip odometer to 0 where the pavement ends at the state line.
BLM Road 1069
You have now crossed into Arizona and are on BLM Road 1069. The road is well maintained gravel. For the first 4 miles you will be on Arizona State Trust Land. At mile 4.4 you will pass the BLM Arizona Strip sign. You are now on BLM land. BLM1069 winds its way up to Quail Hill Pass, at 5,082 ft elevation. At mile 20.6 you will reach the BLM1004 junction in Wolf Hole Valley. Continue straight.
Mohave County Road 5 to CR103 to BLM1019
At the BLM1004 junction in Wolf Hole Valley, BLM1069 turns into CR5. At Mile 39.1 is the turn from CR5 onto CR103 to the southwest. Reset your odometer to 0. Poverty Mountain is on the south side of the road. You will travel 25.2 miles on CR103 around Poverty Mountain then south to the junction with BLM1019.
From Wolf Hole Valley on CR5 to Poverty Mountain on CR103 the road is usually in very good condition when dry. Between Poverty Mountain and Twin Point the road is primarily clay and will be impassible after heavy rain for at least a day. In winter travel is not advised to Twin Point as snow and ice keep the road wet for months. Contact us at the bottom of this page to get current road conditions.
BLM1019/NPS1219 to Twin Point
BLM1019 turns off CR103 in an area called Oak Grove. You will pass the ruin of a small ranch house. The road then enters a ponderosa forest. This area can be impassible after heavy rain as water pools in the ruts and the shade from the trees keeps the road from drying quickly.
Continue on BLM1019 to the National Park Service boundary sign. You are still in Parashant but are now in the NPS portion of the monument. Some regulations change. UTVs must be licensed highway legal to meet Arizona standards. Target practice is also not allowed in this area and dogs must be on leash. The road becomes NPS1219 and winds through pinyon and juniper trees. Long wheelbase pickups may have trouble navigating a few of the turns.
It is about 15 miles on BLM1019/NPS1219 from CR103 to Twin Point. There are numerous camp sites along the rim. Rangers ask campers to use existing campsites rather than establish new ones. This preserves the biological soil crust on the surface and limits impacts to this special place.
Last updated: May 23, 2018