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Pipe Spring National Monument, a little known gem of the National Park System, is rich with American Indian, early explorer and Mormon pioneer history.

Pipe Spring National Monument Book $7.95The water of Pipe Spring has made it possible for plants, animals, and people to live in this dry, desert region. Ancestral Puebloans and Kaibab Paiute Indians gathered grass seeds, hunted animals, and raised crops near the springs for at least 1,000 years. In the 1860s Mormon pioneers brought cattle to the area and by 1872 a fort (Winsor Castle) was built over the main spring and a large cattle ranching operation was established. This isolated outpost served as a way station for people traveling across the Arizona Strip, that part of Arizona separated from the rest of the state by the Grand Canyon. It also served as a refuge for polygamist wives during the 1880s and 1890s.Although their way of life was greatly impacted, the Paiute Indians continued to live in the area and by 1907 the Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation was established, surrounding the privately owned Pipe Spring ranch.

In 1923 the Pipe Spring ranch was purchased and set aside as a national monument. Today the Pipe Spring National Monument - Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Visitor Center and Museum explains the human history of the area over time. Daily tours of Winsor Castle, summer "living history" demonstrations, an orchard and garden, and a half-mile trail offer a glimpse of American Indian and pioneer life in the Old West.

Texas Longhorns! - These Texas Longhorns have a long history at Pipe Spring

An Amazing Junior Ranger - This young woman has taken more than 235 Junior Ranger Programs. Wow.

Summer Events 2011- Ranger Tours and Talks, and much more throughout the summer

Visiting Pipe Spring: Great things to do here, time needed for a visit, travel directions, Arizona Strip information, etc.

Take a Virtual Tour of Winsor Castle or of the Visitor Center and Cultural Museum.

Jr. Ranger Information or try the Cultural History Mystery

Things to Do - Explore on your own or take a Ranger guided tour

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