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Indian Taco

Colorful dance wear

The drummers for the dances

Theron, in the yellow and red.

Entrance to the park for the tour

Kahn, a structure to live in


East Building - two rooms

Gate for wagons to pass through the buildings so supplies could be...



Chairs are turned out so that prayers could be said before sitting...


Original stove

Honey jar

Common area for kids to play

First telegraph company in Arizona Territory

Identical living quarters are on the left side of the cour yard....




The corrals


Long horn steer, just like back in the day.

Big garden, still maintained by a local rancher and the employees of...

Interesting moth that caught my eye

Pipe Spring lies on the Arizona Strip, a vast high desert between the Grand Canyon and the Vermilion Cliffs of northern Arizona. It is a harsh and uninhabitable region, but hidden geological forces bring life-sustaining water to a few places. Permeable sandstone aquifers to the north hold water from rain and snowmelt. It slowly percolates down to impermeable layers, then flows south to the base of the Vermilion Cliffs, where it is forced to the surface at places like Pipe Spring.

Water is a powerful force in human affairs. For millennia Pipe Spring has drawn a succession of peoples. It first sustained the hunter-gatherers and traders who used the Strip as a travel corridor. Ancestral Puebloan peoples arrive around 300 BC, followed by related Southern Paiute tribes who live here still. In the 1700's missionaries and explorers passed through. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), seeking grazing lands, came to the Arizona Strip and settled at water sources, like Pipe Spring, in the mid-1800's. Conflict over water and land use began. A fort was built by the Mormons at Pipe Spring to protect this water supply.

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