To Have an Enjoyable Hunt:
§ Be prepared! Make sure you have plenty of fuel, spare tires, food, water, and clothing for a day spent in the backcountry with no services available. Check with the Public Lands Information Center (345 E. Riverside Dr. St. George, UT (435) 688-3200) for current conditions before heading out onto the Arizona Strip.
§ Keep your eyes on the road by letting a passenger navigate the GPS.
§ Park in established parking areas where possible. If parking on roadway, move over as far as possible and park in a straight section of road away from blind corners. Make sure there is adequate room for vehicles to get around you.
§ Take only photos, leave only footprints. It is illegal to dig in archeological sites and to remove any cultural, historical, or natural objects from Parashant. If you find something you think is really interesting, leave it behind for others to appreciate too. You can be a guardian of cultural resources by keeping your eyes open for individuals who may be digging in, chipping at, or picking up items in cultural sites. If you observe someone doing one or more of those things, take note of details and call Parashant law enforcement at (435) 688-3280 when you regain cell service.
§ Remember, you are responsible for your own safety. Make sure you have left a detailed itinerary, including when you expect to be back, with someone who can contact emergency help if needed.
§ Be aware of the wildlife and livestock. The cattle on Parashant are not always well-adjusted to cars driving by, particularly the calves. If you see cattle near the roadway, slow down. Rattlesnakes, scorpions, black widows, and other hazardous wildlife call Parashant home so keep an eye out for places they may like to hide. Areas with loose rock and lots of hiding places and/or areas with plentiful prey are places to watch for.
§ Know the limitations of your vehicle and don’t risk exceeding them. Getting stuck on Parashant can be quite an extensive and expensive ordeal. For this reason, we recommend two spare tires, just in case, and to pay attention to your vehicle’s fuel levels. Be prepared for anything out here and bring along whatever you may need for an impromptu night in the desert.
Difficulty Rating system:
♦ - - - : Easy. Dirt roadways are relatively smooth and flat, no hike required
♦ ♦ - - : Moderate. Road is longer and/or more difficult. Short walk may be required.
♦ ♦ ♦ - : Difficult. Road is longer and/or more difficult. Short walk may be required.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ : Strenuous. Road similar to above. At least 1 mi. roundtrip hike required.