The Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (DASIA), formerly Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (ASIA), partners with Arizona and Utah BLM, Forest Service, and National Park Service offices to enhance your hiking and discovery experience. DASIA is a non-profit corporation formed in 1994. Its mission is primarily to enhance the understanding of the Arizona Strip and Southern Utah region including its history and natural resources.
DASIA operates the Pioneer Courthouse Visitors Center and Museum. The courthouse was built by the early settlers of St. George in 1870 and became the center of civic activity providing space in the day for the school to be held in the courtroom and then at night court was held as well as other gatherings such as dances, town meetings and other events. The courthouse building is one of the oldest in the Western United States and is in good repair considering its age at 148 years old. The building was rather ornate for its time with the cupola on top of the roof and the edge of the roof adorned with a decorative cornice. The finish woodworking is beautiful and the stately courtroom gives the visitor a first hand look at the skills of these early craftsmen. The building houses a gift shop, historical book section, lots of hiking books, travel books. A wide variety of free maps, free travel and hiking information is available. You will want to make this grand old building a “must see stop” as you visit St George.
DASIA is a cooperating association partnering with the BLM, USDA Forest Service, and National Park Service to provide interpretation, education, and customer service related materials to area visitors while assisting, where possible, with project funding.
The Arizona Strip covers nearly 2 million acres in northwestern Arizona, which includes the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. The field office oversees five wilderness areas, including the internationally known Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, nine Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and two river segments suitable for Wild & Scenic River designation.
The Grand Canyon isolates the Arizona Strip from the rest of Arizona, making it among the most remote and rugged public land in the lower 48 states. There are approximately 4,000 miles of unpaved roads leading to spectacular scenic vistas, remoteness and solitude among rough scenic canyons and ponderosa pine forests. This distinctive part of Arizona has a special appeal to many people.
The greatest benefit DASIA provides to its clients is in the role of partner and liaison with local, state, federal and private agencies. As a non-government partner, DASIA can solicit grants and funding not available to their partner entities. With additional funding and the support of inter-agency partners such as DASIA, the BLM and Forest Service can provide more interpretive and educational programs and reach out to a larger segment of the public. This, in turn, helps teach visitors how to be good stewards of the land, and, at the same time, creates a favorable impression for its partners.
Our retail stores offer a wealth of interpretive resources, detailed maps, and souvenirs, while our Field Experience trip planning program can assist your planning needs.