The new Parashant Sign! The Parashant National Monument

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Driving into the Parashant National Monument!

Anyway you look at it, it’s a long drive into one of the most remote areas of the country! You’ll want to drive your truck. Fill up with gas, bring food, and plan on staying a while. The distances from St. George, Utah are:

Whitmore Canyon: 90 miles
Twin Points: 100 miles
Kelly Point: 115 miles.

You can also connect via Toroweap/Tuweap and Mount Trumbell.

Leaving St. George

From St. George, Utah, drive south on Interstate 15 and take the Bloomington exit (Exit #4). Travel east through Bloomington Hills until the road ends at River Road.
Turn south (right) on River Road. The pavement ends at the Arizona State line.
Stay on this main road (BLM Rd. # 1069) up Quail Hill and through Wolf Hole Valley.
The road becomes County Road number 5.
Stay on Road #5 through Main Street Valley until you come to the junction with County Road #103 near Diamond Butte.

Whitmore Canyon

Follow directions above as far as the old townsite of Mt. Trumbull. From there, continue straight south at the four-way intersection onto Road #257. Approximately 2 miles after the intersection, bear left onto BLM #1045. Stay on this road all the way to the overlook. There are some steep, rocky stretches where four-wheel-drive may be necessary. A high-clearance vehicle is needed where the road crosses over two old lava flows in the last six miles. From the overlook, you can see the inner canyon and the Colorado River. A foot trail leads down to the river.

Twin Points or Kelly Point

From the Diamond Butte intersection, follow the signs for Poverty Mountain (right turn onto Road #103). For Twin Points, follow signs for Oak Grove and turn right on BLM Road #1019. Mount Dellenbaugh is the dominant mountain to the southeast. Remain on 1019 and you will pass a BLM administrative site. Stay to the right at the following junctions and continue south to the end of the road at Twin Points overlook. From here, you are looking over the Sanup Plateau of the Grand Canyon. The inner canyon is to the south.

The road to Kelly Point is much longer and rougher. It is usually a two-day round trip from St. George. For Kelly Point, stay on #103 instead of turning onto #1019. Travel through the pine forest and past the Park Service fire station (operated only in summer). Stay on this road as it turns south to Kelly Point. The last 20 miles are extremely rough and rocky. The average speed on this stretch is probably 5 mph. Vehicles without high clearance are not recommended.


Official Guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon by Scott Thybony. Scott describes all of the trails in enough detail to make a fun hike! Good basic information for new Canyon Hikers.
Hiking the Grand Canyon (A Sierra Club Totebook) by John Annerino. This book has been around a while and John has hiked a lot. It's a great resource with mileage logs, trail descriptions, ratings, history, water caches, and just about everything else you need to know to overnight or spend a couple of weeks in the Canyon.
The Man Who Walked through Time by Colin Fletcher. This is not really a guide but an adventure book. Many of us have done this route now, but Colin had only Harvey Butchart for guidance! Recommended!
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