A 40-acre national monument, with a rich history of different cultures hidden by the Grand Canyon, Pipe Spring National Monument is one of the most unique national monuments in America. Located near the Utah/Arizona border, Pipe Springs is one of the lesser-known National Park Service units in Arizona due to its remote location, but it is one of the most significant.
The spring has been used as a water source by humans for thousands of years in an area known for its dry landscape and extreme climate. Situated in a desert landscape, American Indians, Mormon pioneers, different plant and animal species, and a lot of other ancient tribes have depended on the water found at Pipe Spring. The monument was established by President Calvin Coolidge on May 31, 1923, to preserve the fort and other structures that were built around the spring by Mormon settlers.
The park isn't as well toured as its neighboring ones but it still offers a lot of activities to visitors. The region has great plant and animal life for visitors to explore and the serene environment makes it a popular nesting spot for birds. The Visitor Center also displays historical artifacts and explains the human history of the area over time. Visitors to neighboring parks should be sure to check out this gem as it offers a great insight to the region's history.