Mohave County is the 5th largest size county in the United States, excluding Alaska. Bordered by the Colorado River to the West and Utah to the North, it has a diverse topography of high forested mountains, deep canyons, arid deserts, big lakes and the mighty Colorado River. Temperature extremes can reach sub zero in the higher elevations to over 120F in the low lying desert. It has a rich history of mining that continues to this day. Numerous open mine shafts still dot the landscape. This difficult, dangerous and challenging environment tests the abilities of all Search and Rescue members and provides many rewarding experiences.
The county consists of two sections divided by the Grand Canyon, with no direct land communication between them. The northern section, smaller and less populated, forms the western part of the Arizona Strip, bordering Utah and Nevada. The larger southern section, borders Nevada and California across the Colorado River, which forms most of the county’s western boundary. The southern section includes Kingman, the county seat, and other cities, as well as part of the Mojave Desert.
Mohave County contains parts of Grand Canyon National Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area and all of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. The Kaibab, Fort Mojave and Hualapai Indian Reservations also lie within the county.