Length of trip May 3rd - 12th: 10 days
Total miles covered (portal to portal) 1200 +
Off-road miles without touching asphalt 400 +
Nearest town Saint George Utah 60 miles
I want to thank our Trail Master Dave for organizing all the logistics that made this trip so successful. I also want to thank the members of our party for all the great food and friendship!
- Our first night was spent enjoying the views and the ever changing colors of the Grand Wash Cliffs.
- 2nd and 3rd nights were spent viewing the Grand Canyon from Twin Point Overlook.
- From Twin Point we traveled to Kelly Point. Our route to Kelly Point took us past the Waring Ranch. The next 2 days (4th and 5th) were spent with spectacular views of the Grand Canyon from Kelly Point.
- The 6th night was spent at Whitmore Overlook, where we watched rafters being shuttled by helicopter from the Bar 10 Ranch to and from the Colorado River.
- The 7th night was a real treat. We spent the night at the Bar 10 Ranch. We were treated to a ranch style dinner and breakfast. There were hot showers and we got to sleep in covered wagons. Awesome experience!
- Mount Login was the campsite for our 8th day.
- The 9th day we visited the "Witches Water Pocket" and Toroweap Overlook.
- After Toroweap, we headed home with lasting memories of our "Great Trip".
According to Wikipedia:
"The Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument is a very remote and undeveloped place jointly managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). There are no paved roads into the monument and no visitor services. The 1,048,325-acre (424,242 ha) monument is larger than the state of Rhode Island. The BLM portion of the monument consists of 808,747 acres (327,288 ha). The NPS portion contains 208,453 acres (84,358 ha) of lands that were previously part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There are also about 23,205 acres (9,391 ha) of Arizona State Land Department lands and 7,920 acres (3,210 ha) of private lands within the monument boundaries. Grand Canyon-Parashant is not considered a separate unit of the NPS because its NPS area is counted in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Elevation ranges from 1,230 feet (370 m) above sea level near Grand Wash Bay at Lake Mead, to 8,029 feet (2,447 m) at Mount Trumbull. The Interagency Information Center is located in the BLM Office in St. George, Utah."
Four primary unpaved roads enter the core of the strip: from Mesquite, Nevada; St. George, Utah; Colorado City, Arizona; and Fredonia, Arizona. All four are dirt/gravel and should not be driven by vehicles with low ground clearance. Motorists should check with the BLM locally before heading into the strip on these roads, and are advised to be prepared – even rangers may not know current conditions, such as snow/ice cover and washouts.
Our route showing speeds
On our way to Grand Wash Cliffs
On our way to Twin Point.
Hualapai Tribe Skywalk. Taken from our campsite across the Grand Canyon with a telephoto lens.
Morning Light on cliffs
Twin Point Sunset
On the way to Kelly Point we passed the Waring Ranch. The cabin had heavy screen wire over doors and windows to protect from vandalism. Inside, you could see some of the original furnishings but it was too dark to take pictures. Horse Valley, the original headquarters of Waring Ranch, was homesteaded in the 1920's by Jonathan Deyo "Slim" Waring.
Trail to Kelly Point. Rocky in places, dusty and sandy in others.