The Nampaweap Petroglyphs are etched into black basalt rock along what is believed to be a route the Anasazi and their predecessors took to travel in and out of the Grand Canyon. In Paiute, Nampaweap means “foot canyon.”
The petroglyphs are not inside the park, but they are a short jaunt off the road on the way to Tuweep. Peck marks are visible on many of the rocks leading researchers to believe the Indians used the method known as pecking to carve the petroglyphs.
Before venturing into the Monument, be sure you are well prepared to deal with the rough roads and isolated conditions.
There is a great diversity of habitat types in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, from the 2000 ft elevation hot Mohave Desert creosote bush and Joshua trees, to the Great Basin pinyon-juniper and sagebrush, to the Colorado Plateau grasslands, shrubby red rock desert, and ponderosa pine, gambel oak, and aspen communities on the 8000 ft peaks.
Containing thousands of rock art elements on hundreds of boulders along a basalt rim 1/2 mile long, Nampaweap is worth the bumpy road and the 1/2 mile walk to the site from the parking area.
Directions from St George, Utah: Take Quail Hill Road (BLM Road 1069) to Main Street Valley Road (County Road 5), drive past Mt. Trumbull to the Arkansas Ranch Road (BLM 1028), turn right and drive south about 1 mile to the signed parking area. Park and follow the trail signs to the east.
Normally Open: Year-round .