Introduction to Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

If you go outside your home and close your eyes, what sounds do you here? If you live in the city you probably hear cars, honking horns, people talking, dogs barking, or music playing; if you are in the country, you might hear birds singing, dried leaves blowing across the ground, running water, or maybe just quiet. People attuned to noise may feel uncomfortable when it is quiet. Other people seek out quiet places like Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (Parashant) to help them relax.

One of the factors that make this monument so special is that it is far from centers of human occupation. Some people call it isolated, even lonely, while others travel great distances to experience its solitude. Rugged and secluded, the monument is one of the largest, un-fragmented stretches of sparsely developed lands in the contiguous United States.

This serene land of natural splendor lies in the northwest corner of Arizona, between the Grand Canyon on the south and Utah to the north. The Grand Canyon limits access from the south, and unpaved roads inhibit use from the north, and in between is one million acres of spectacular vistas, rough canyons, sprawling desert, fascinating plants and animals, and pine-topped mountains.

 

Links

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Index

Introduction

Virtual Visitor Center

The Colorado Plateau

Journey Through Time

Ecology of the Monument

Teacher Resource Center

 

Help and Information Center

Return to Views Visitor Center