May 24, 2019

Pipe Spring National Monument, AZ

Stayed one night at the Kaibab Paiute RV Park on May 23. The park adjoins the Pipe Spring National Monument. Paiute land actually surrounds the monument land. I believe the government took the land away from the Paiutes when they established the monument. The monument is a stone house built by the Mormons to defend a natural springs there. It was used heavily during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The campground, which is owned by and run by the Paiutes, appears to be quite new and is very well kept. The sites are all pull-thru and are well spaced and fairly level. There’s a nice bath house and community room. From the campground there are beautiful views of the adjoining land where you can see for a great distance. The only negative I thought of was that there are no trees, so it would be intensely hot there in summer. But summer heat is running late this year and it was only in the 50s for us – cold enough that we had to run the furnace at night! Plus, we had a good deal of rain in the afternoon and overnight.

The campground cost was $25 per night. I had one bar of Verizon connectivity, but it was enough to stream YouTube. There were no OTA TV stations there.