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Landscape near Paria Movie Set, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Old Pahreah Town Site

This page provides some basic information on the Old Pahreah Town Site, the Pahreah Cemetery, and the Paria Movie Set within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.





Beginning in 1870, settlers built houses and farmed the flat benches nestled between the crumbly pastel hills and the trickling waters of the Paria River. The town thrived, reaching 130 inhabitants before the floods of 1883 and 1884. Then folks started moving away, and by the 1930s, only a handful of farming families spent the summers in Pahreah.

Today, across the Paria River lies what is left of the town. You can still see some of the old cottonwoods that line up along the irrigation ditch that ran through town. Look for the ruins of pioneer houses along the route, built close to water in the shade of the cottonwood trees.

All of the houses in Pahreah have collapsed or burned. There are remnants of a dugout with stone-reinforced sides and what's left of a wooden roof. A fireplace stands silent surrounded by the cabin's foundation. There are a few fence posts that mark fence lines or corrals.


Follow Highway 89 east from Kanab and turn off between milepost markers 31 and 32. Proceed north on a dirt road five miles to the recreation of the original Paria Movie Set. The Old Town Site is a two mile walk beyond the movie set.

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