Parashant National Monument | Episode 1 Day 1

Before I made the trek into Parashant, I had no idea of the beauty that was just hours away from my home. It's easy to underestimate the Parashant. I have seen so many pictures of the Grand Canyon; I feel like I've been there a million times. But there is nothing like camping right on the edge of the canyon.

One can easily travel to the north or south rim by passenger car if you want to immerse yourself in the crowds. I prefer solitude. The Parashant National Monument provides just that. So we took the opportunity before summer was in full swing.

GPS | Your best friend on the trail

An essential tool in the Arizona Backcountry


I'm a huge fan of the Backcountry Navigator apps. It's got to be one of the best GPS programs available. I'll be honest, I've never used anything else. Having a GPS is essential for many reasons. Knowing what type of land your on will help you understand what rules need to be followed. 

After fooling around with Backcountry Navigator Pro for about two years, I won't even consider any other program. It does exactly what I need and then some. After purchasing the app, I went out and got an Android tablet A. Using the app on a tablet provides better visibility, and you can see more areas on the map. With the tablet secured to my suction cup windshield mount, it serves as a great GPS unit.

Parashant episode 2 - Private Event (UPDATED)

Okay folks, mark your calendars! 


Episode 2 of the Parashant National Monument Backcountry Expedition.



In this episode, we will travel from Riverside Nevada to Little Finland in the Gold Butte National Monument and eventually, the historical Tassi Ranch. After a short visit at Tassi Ranch, we will continue towards Nutter Twists Trail then Parashant Canyon for our first night of camp.

After a wonderful, festive night of entertainment at Parashant Canyon, we will navigate Parashant and Andrus canyons to our original destination of Mollies Nipple. If time allows, We will spend two nights at Mollies Nipple before our departure.


Bureau of Land Management Recreation Map

A great resource to find your next adventure.


If you don't have a 4wd to get into the deep backcountry of your state, then you might like this map. On this map, you will find various places to visit on Bureau of Land Management land. This information is provided directly from BLM's website.

Thank goodness for public lands

Imagine what it's like living in a state that has no public lands.


It's hard for many locals to comprehend this scenario. The camping, offroad, adventure life we love so much wouldn't exist. No trespassing signs would litter the backcountry narrowing your choices to a few select campgrounds and privately owned offroad parks. Hunting would only be allowed under the supervision of outfitters and guides or permission from landowners. Someone would own nearly every acre of land and historical place.

Memorial Day Trexpedition | The trio united

Memorial Day Trexpedition through the Sierra Ancha Mountains in Arizona.


Dusk was approaching as we gathered at the gas station off Highway 87 just outside of town. After a lengthy introduction and a short chit-chat, we tuned our radios to the frequency with desired. As we hit the highway towards Punkin Patch, the sun was quickly setting.

The plan for the night was to travel a short distance to the DuPont cabin just east of Punkin Patch. The trail was easy going and fast-paced at first. After veering off to a side trail, it got a little more interesting. Loose baseball-sized rocks made traction nearly impossible as we ascend a long steep shelf road towards Dupont cabin. One rock shelf and two switchbacks required careful navigation with little room and no visibility.

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