"Definitely Off of the Beaten Track" Pipe Spring National Monument by basstbn
Pipe Spring National Monument Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 18 photos
Pipe Springs National Monument was not on our itinerary when we planned a three week western trip. But as we left Zion National Park in Utah, headed toward the northern rim of the Grand Canyon, we saw that we had time to take a side trip to this little visited site. It was well worth the time.
Four springs and grasslands drew settlers the first white settlers to this area in the mid 19th century. A fort was built, which became known as Winsor Castle, named after the builder. The fortifications were never needed for defensive purposes, and it served as a ranch house for many decades.
The fort and outbuildings have been preserved as serve as a living museum of pioneer life in this rugged land.
- Pros:Well preserved buildings and artifacts, interesting exhibits.
- Cons:It's a long ways from anywhere.
- In a nutshell:Makes for a nice break in the routine of driving.
The resident geese rule the roost at two ponds on the premises. Other animals include Texas longhorn cattle, chickens... more travel advice
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