Protecting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is located on the edge of what is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. Situated on northwestern Arizona's Colorado Plateau, within the drainage of the Colorado River
, the 1.05 million-acre monument borders Grand Canyon National Park
to the south, the state of Nevada to the west, and also takes in part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Deep canyons, mountains, and lonely buttes provide colorful scenic vistas; prehistoric sedimentary rock layers remain relatively undeformed and unobscured by vegetation, giving visitors a clear view of the geologic make-up of the Colorado Plateau.
The monument area encompasses the lower portion of the Shivwits Plateau, an important watershed for the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon.
Primitive camping is available throughout the monument. Before setting out, campers should review and act accordingly to the guidelines on the National Parks Service website listed below.
There are also two maintained trails in the Parashant National Monument: the Mt. Trumbull and the Mt. Dellenbaugh. For the more adventurous, hiking is permitted through unmarked routes but requires bushwacking through dense brush or rugged terrain. During the summer months, daytime temperatures range from 90 to well over 100 degrees Farenheit, depending on the elevation.