Arizona October 07, 2016
Here Is The Most Remote, Isolated Spot In Arizona And It’s Positively Breathtaking
Looking for a section of Arizona to escape to where coming across another human is fairly unlikely to happen? Actually, that is a pretty common occurrence here in Arizona but there is at least one section of the state that has few access points and is even geographically separated from the state. That place is the Arizona Strip.
Whoa, a strip in Arizona? Yup, that’s what we call that section of land that sits just north of the Grand Canyon and between Utah and Nevada borders.
This part of the state is fairly large: it covers approximately 7,856 square miles of land, making it larger than the state of Massachusetts! However, it only totals 6.9% of Arizona’s landbase.
This part of the state is probably one of the least accessible! Through Arizona, you can only access it through Routes 89 and 89A by driving over Marble Canyon and the Colorado River or by hiking through the Grand Canyon to the North Rim.
Otherwise, it can be more easily accessed through Utah and Nevada but even these roads are limited not necessarily paved.
Culturally, this isolated spot has been a haven for groups looking for anonymity such as polygamous sects and antigovernment groups. However, you’ll also find plenty of snowbirds, retirees, and families living here as well.
Despite that, the remote nature of this area makes this area one of the most isolated places in the state but also ensures the landscapes are left in impeccable condition.
That’s a good thing because this place is
The landscape here is composed of red rock country, much like Sedona and the Navajo Nation, with canyons, buttes, and some incredible rock formations.
You’ll find places like Kanab Creek and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument that really show off these landscapes.
In addition to finding some incredible, scenic areas, you’ll also find hiking trails and historic trails (like the Old Spanish and the Honeymoon Trails).
At the same time, you’ll also come across some forested areas along the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, composed of thick collections of ponderosa pine, other evergreen, and aspen trees.
Want to find other remote areas of the state to visit? You’ll want to check out our article, 11 Places In Arizona Way Out In The Boonies But So Worth The Drive.