Brow Monument, located at the "brow" of the Kaibab Plateau, is a triangulation station established by members of the 1871-72 Powell Survey. Major John Wesley Powell led the expedition, which mapped the last unknown expanse of land in the continental United States: the Arizona Strip and Grand Canyon. The monument appears today as a large cairn of logs and rocks. It served as a marker, which could be easily seen through survey instruments, located at other triangulation stations. By sighting on a series of such monuments, expedition members were able to draw a map. Brow Monument is one of the few survey monuments from the 1871-72 Powell Survey that remains standing today. It marks a geographic point, but it also commemorates the efforts of the survey crew who worked under difficult and primitive conditions. Because of its historic significance, Brow Monument is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

This area marks a transition zone between ponderosa pine and Piñon-Juniper. You will find scattered clumps of trees with sparse ground cover, there are some Cliff rose and Oak understory in the area.  Squirrels, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, fox, mountain lion, porcupine, rabbit, mice, and a variety of birds.

Brow Monument is located twenty miles south and west of North Kaibab Visitor Center at an elevation: 7232 feet.  To get the Monument go one-quarter (1/4) mile south of North Kaibab Visitor Center, go 9 miles west on FR 461 and 462. Turn south on FR 422 for 8.5 miles, then west on FR 447 for 0.5 mile,s and north on FR 252. Turn west on FR 252C and go 1.5 miles to end of the road. Brown Point is a 0.8-mile hike to the west along the brow of the ridge. In dry weather, these roads are suitable for sedans.

 BROW MONUMENT

 

Attractions: Brow Monument, located at the "brow" of the Kaibab Plateau, is a triangulation station established by members of the 1871-72 Powell Survey. Major John Wesley Powell led the expedition, which mapped the last unknown expanse of land in the continental United States: the Arizona Strip and Grand Canyon. The monument appears today as a large cairn of logs and rocks. It served as a marker that could be easily seen through survey instruments located at other triangulation stations. By sighting on a series of such monuments, expedition members were able to draw a map. Brow Monument is one of the few survey monuments from the 1871-72 Powell Survey which remains standing today. It marks a geographic point, but it also commemorates the efforts of the survey crew who worked under difficult and primitive conditions. Because of its historic significance, Brow Monument is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Location: Twenty miles south and west of North Kaibab Visitor Center.

Elevation: 7232 feet.

Access: One-quarter (1/4) mile south of North Kaibab Visitor Center, go 9 miles west on FR 461 and 462. Turn south on FR 422 for 8.5 miles, then west on FR 447 for 0.5 mile and north on FR 252. Turn west on FR 252C and go 1.5 miles to end of the road. Brown Point is a 0.8 mile hike to the west along the brow of the ridge. In dry weather, these roads are suitable for sedans.

Vegetation: This area marks a transition zone between ponderosa pine and pinyon-juniper. You will find scattered clumps of trees with sparse ground cover, some cliffrose and oak understory.

Wildlife: Squirrels, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, fox, mountain lion, porcupine, rabbit, mice, and a variety of birds.