Pipe Spring National Monument was a really neat day trip while we were in St. George. While technically in Arizona, it’s most easily accessible by Southern Utah.
The national monument takes a look at the way the Paiute Indians lived on the land and how the early pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also lived in the area.
Onsite there’s a museum that gives a brief history of the area and offers a video. My youngest was struggling with being indoors, so he and I headed outside to work on his Jr. Ranger booklet. He picked a few activities to work on with me and we quickly completed it and got his very first badge from one of the rangers.
After exploring the museum, we all went and checked out the fort and wagons that were around. My middle child loves Little House on the Prairie and had a blast climbing on what wagons she could to pretend she was just like Laura and Mary. 🙂
Inside the fort, we learned what life would have been like for those early pioneers. We peeked into rooms and got a glimpse of their history. It was all very interesting and definitely kept our kids engaged as well.
While it may be a lesser known National Monument, Pipe Spring was a great spot to take our family. I love when the outdoors can be combined with history and I know that my kids all had a wonderful time too.