Exploring a remote area requires planning:
- Take a map, compass, and/or GPS.
- Water is not available so take a supplemental supply.
- Always carry extra food, matches or a lighter, a signal mirror, whistle, and foul weather gear.
- Be aware that cell phones do not work in most areas.
- Leave a detailed itinerary and a return date with family or friends.
- Never climb up or down into areas that you are not certain that you can exit. Never assume that you can continue forward, and be aware that descents from the steep areas you climb to, can be difficult and dangerous. People have died in parks when they jump down a precipice while canyoneering, then find they can't climb back up or proceed downstream due to sheer dropoffs.
- If you climb below the rim you have left GC-Parashant National Monument and have entered Grand Canyon National Park. You do not need a permit to hike but if you plan to camp below the rim, you must obtain a permit from Grand Canyon National Park's Backcountry Office in advance.
- If your backpacking trip leaves Parashant to the east near the Grand Canyon you have entered the Tuweep/Toroweap area of Grand Canyon NP. There is no entrance fee for this section of Grand Canyon NP but camping/backcountry permits are required in advance. They are not available for purchase on site.