About Us | Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association

About Us

The Arizona Strip is America’s Outback!

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. 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.

 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 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 interagency 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..

DASIA BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The DASIA Board of Trustees consists of people dedicated to the public lands of southern Utah and the Arizona Strip and to assisting DASIA clients in their missions. The Board includes members from St. George, Kanab, Pine Valley, and the Arizona Strip with background in business, law, politics, retail, education, geology, history, tourism, and accounting. Board members volunteer their time for the benefit of DASIA and its partners. DASIA operates sales and information areas for the Interagency Information Center in St. George, Kanab BLM Field Office, Paria Contact Station, and the Pine Valley Heritage Center. DASIA sponsors the annual Evening on the Arizona Strip and Junior Ranger Scavenger each Fall.

DASIA PUBLICATIONS

DASIA has published posters of the Arizona Strip and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, postcards and several books including Far from Cactus Flat: The 20thCentury Story of a Harsh Land, a Proud Family, a Lost Son by Lyman Hafen and a dinosaur activity book based on the character Arthur McArthur by Mark Swan. DASIA has produced two documentaries on the history of the Arizona Strip: High, Wild, and Lonesome – Parashant National Monument and Sandstone and Silence – Vermilion Cliffs National Monument community.  DAISA also sponsors the popular educational Brown Bag programs at the Interagency Information Center in St. George on Fridays. Additionally, DASIA sponsors summer programs for the Forest Service in Pine Valley.

BROWN BAG SERIES

The Brown Bag Lecture Programs have been increasingly popular. When first started, and for many years, attendees filled the conference room (100 people). In this past year, each Friday, up to 80 guests were expected for each lecture. Our Education Series Coordinator invites presenters from all parts of Utah and Arizona. Professors, Teachers, and Rangers enjoy our group of Brown Bag attendees and the attendees enjoy receiving the knowledge about our beautiful area. Presentations begin at noon and last approximately one hour. Programs are held at the Interagency Information Center located at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, UT.

INTERAGENCY INFORMATION CENTER

Please visit the Interagency Information Center located at 345 East Riverside Drive in St. George to enjoy a family oriented atmosphere with educational displays about our local history and wildlife. We have expanded our book inventory to accommodate the increase in visitors. Hiking areas are expanding as is the population of St. George. More locals are coming in asking for recreation ideas. We pride ourselves on the information and customer service we provide.

DISCLAIMER

What we collect and store automatically is for the exclusive use of DASIA and will not be shared with any other organization or person.