Arizona Warnings and Dangers

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    A walkway with gravel, be careful.
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  • Warnings and Dangers
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Arizona Warnings and Dangers

  • Hiking

    Sedona Warnings and Dangers

    I found this so interesting and amazing at the same time. Yet, something we all should heed when hiking in this area. Stay on the paths. Why stay on the paths? The large, black patches of dark, knobby, brittle crust are actually a cryptobiotic crust. The crust is made of lichen, moss, cyanobacteria, liverwort, and fungi. The crust prevents erosion...

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  • Crime

    Tucson Warnings and Dangers

    As long as you stay in the TUCSON city limits you should be fine. Do not go to South Tucson which is a city of its own. It is a working class area with gangs and lots of car theft reports. To be on the safe side, just stay north of downtown. Its definitely not one of the most dangerous cities around, but like every other large city, there can be...

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  • Driving in Phoenix

    Phoenix Warnings and Dangers

    Maps in Phoenix are not very user friendly. I guess the place is growing so fast that map makers can't keep up. It was frustrating to try to follow the map but streets were not marked or just not on the map (even major streets.) Sometimes there were connecting streets that were simply not on the map. Once we went through a parking lot and found the...

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  • Don't Fall

    Grand Canyon Warnings and Dangers

    The are some slippery parts specially if come in on winter and some parts have snow. There is this one guy and My daughter almost get thru the railing when she slip and almost fall in the canyon. Thank God she was save by her guardian angel or else I Wil fly and rescue her. Hold your kids please.

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  • Hiking Hazards

    Grand Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I noticed a number of people at Grand Canyon that literally could not walk 50 feet without making a stop to rest. This is a park for all, but it is beyond me how people cannot hardly function and then come to places that could be dangerous to their health because being out of shape, let alone the grief some people have to contend with to assist....

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  • Driving

    Sedona Warnings and Dangers

    Wow! I should have listened to some of the other posters. My first drive into Sedona, AZ from Ohio, being overwhelmed by the beauty, I missed an unusual drop (speed trap?) in the speed limit. I was immediately pulled over and given a ticket. My town would give an out-of-towner a warning...not here. This was my first ticket ever, in over 30 years of...

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  • Encounters with desert plants and...

    Tucson Warnings and Dangers

    Coming from the wilds of Canada, I'm used to bushwacking. "Bushwacking," means just pushing your way through plants and trees and making your own trail where there wasn't one before. Well, you can't do that sort of thing here because the flora bites back! And it hurts! Every single plant seems to have its own spiky defenses--cactus, aloe, and trees...

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  • Remember your water

    Phoenix Warnings and Dangers

    We went hiking and all put on sunscreen before we left, with sweating and the dry heat melting it off we looked like lobsters! Not only that we ran out of water and felt like the hike home lasted a century!

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  • Hiking Hazards

    Grand Canyon Warnings and Dangers

    Get a pair of comfortable shoes. The way down the trail strains the front part of you feet (toes), while the way back up the trail is a real challenge to your calves, especially if you are carrying a rucksack. It will ruin the whole experience, if you are all blisters when you get back to the rim of the Canyon. The trail is well marked. You may...

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  • Don't Fall

    Grand Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

    A warning to visitors from Wikipedia (as of 2008): About 600 deaths have occurred in the Grand Canyon since the 1870s. Some of these deaths occurred as the result of overly zealous photographic endeavors, some were the result of airplane collisions within the canyon, and some visitors drowned in the Colorado River. Many hikers overestimate their...

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  • Timeshares

    Sedona Warnings and Dangers

    Maybe being aggressively hustled while you vacation is your thing...but if not, be advised that there are some serious timeshare hawkers in this area. Real pros. Apparently, they all become extremely wealthy from this. If this is not true, I give up on trying to explain their amazing level of motivation. After a warm fuzzy pitch about giving you...

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  • Flooding in Tucson

    Tucson Warnings and Dangers

    Tucsonans and other desert-dwellers are often made fun of for the idea that we freak out about a little rain. What people fail to understand though is that Tucson really does not have any sort of drainage system: it's all natural. Streets gradually flow into washes, which gradually flow into one of our "rivers" and then the water sort of gets lost...

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  • Use Common Sense

    Grand Canyon Warnings and Dangers

    Those fences are there for a reason. The Canyon is steep. People have fallen into the cliffs over the years. Actually, I found some fences a little unsafe, so don't even lean onto them. And Please, be extra careful, if you have little children, they don't understand the danger. I was also mortified how some people took chances at the edge of a...

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  • Weather Hazards

    Grand Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Temperatures vary wildly throughout the year, with summer highs within the Inner Gorge commonly exceeding 100 °F (37.8 °C) and winter minimum temperatures sometimes falling below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-17.8 °C) along the canyon's rims. I have seen the canyon with rain, snow and extreme heat - so know the weather before going, bring closed shoes,...

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  • Camping

    Sedona Warnings and Dangers

    Are you planning to camp in Sedona? Make sure to get all the information and park passes before you even start to put up your tent! There are fire restriction and closures of campsites to reduce the likelihood of wildfire. When you do camp to designated areas, make sure that your campfire is completely out before you leave. Also, don't throw...

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  • Desert conditions

    Tucson Warnings and Dangers

    It's not a problem. Just couldn't figure out how to write a review. I just spent two weeks in Tucson for work. I HAD to go, but didn't want to. I'm from Portland, Oregon and I couldn't understand how people could live with temperatures at 110 degrees. But, after two days, I discovered that Tucson is magical. I have a back injury and in two days I...

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  • Fauna & Flora

    Grand Canyon Warnings and Dangers

    The elk in the park seem tame, they are not afraid of the tourists, and the tourist's cars. They love to munch the grass in the evenings. My best advice is for you NOT to get too close. If it is rutting season, they can be quite nasty all of a sudden. You don't want to get poked by those antlers. This elk put on a show for everyone, and we saw him...

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  • Use Common Sense

    Grand Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

    While there are a number of railings on the edge of the Grand Canyon at the most popular locations for the large tourist crowds, there are a number of locations where no railing or wall exists. This is to be expected, after all: since the days of the Great Wall of China no one really wants to put in hundrends of miles of continuous fence....

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  • Light Pollution

    Sedona Warnings and Dangers

    Something we noticed right away is that the whole town keeps its lighting down really low. We asked a local and she said there is a city ordinance for this to keep the level of energy down so it will not affect the ambience of the area. Some other person said it was because of the observatory in Flagstaff, so who knows. I only know is it was hard...

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  • Traffic Issues

    Tucson Warnings and Dangers

    Cautious drivers should be aware that many Tucsonans don't stop at yellow lights. Therefore, if you stop and there is a car following close behind you, they may hit you from the back because they don't expect you to stop. Many people I know have been hit from the rear in situations like this. While it is against the law, it is often safer to go...

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  • Plan Ahead

    Grand Canyon Warnings and Dangers

    Use common sense....If you decide to hike down, consider the weather, your physical shape, your shoes and etc. It will be much more difficult and take at least twice as long going back up. I can't stress enough, that if you do this hike, be physically prepared! I find that going down the S. Kaibab trail is harder than going up. Many suggest to...

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  • River Hazards

    Grand Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Even on a hot summer day. The conditions created by the Glen Canyon Dam resulted in year round just above freezing water. Hypothermia will set in after only a few minutes. The currents in the river are also stronger than they appear. Many people have died trying to swim the Colorado. Don't do it.

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  • Sun & Heat

    Sedona Warnings and Dangers

    If you plan to hike or do other outdoor activities in the Sedona area, please remember: With the high elevation and bright sun, there is a high risk of sunburn and melanoma. So, use your head by wearing a hat on it! Always wear plenty of sunblock (at least 30 SPV...I wear 45SPV) and even in the winter months. Carry extra warm clothing, a...

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  • Water

    Grand Canyon Warnings and Dangers

    The Grand Canyon can be deceptively hot and dry. Cooler temperatures (relatively speaking, here) at the top do not mean cooler temperatures inside the canyon. Some of the trails (Bright Angel) provide water at certain points, but you should still bring plenty of your own or at least containers to transport water. You don't want to be caught...

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  • Fauna & Flora

    Grand Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

    There are rattlesnakes of different varieties - the Grand Canyon rattlesnake being the most common. Rarely there are mountain lions and bobcats. Commonly, there are bats. You will know evening is drawing on when the first bat flies over your camp.

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  • Vortexes & Spirituality

    Sedona Warnings and Dangers

    Many areas in Sedona are considered sacred or possessing psychic energy. As a result, prayer sites and medicine wheels are constructed in such spots. Whether you believe in them or not, please do not disturb such sites as it is disrespectful to those who do, especially Native Americans who consider certain areas to be holy.

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  • Plan Ahead

    Grand Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

    the north rim of the grand canyon is in a very remote area of arizona. the nearest town is about 100 miles from the canyon. besure to fill up with gas before you enter the colorado plateau. there is gas at the kaibab lodge but it will be expensive. also pack water and snacks in case of a break down. auto repair will be slow and very costly. also...

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  • Water

    Grand Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 litre of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Grand Canyon due to the fact the...

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  • Teddy Bear Cholla

    My dad was fascinated by this cactus, so we stopped to take pictures. We called it a Teddy Bear Cactus, but on looking it up I see that it is a type of Cholla. It was named for its furry "cuddly" appearance but up close and personal, it is a densely spined plant which you will be sorry if you try to hug it. The dense covering of spines shields the...

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  • Keep track of weather conditions ....

    This is about a spot along I-40 that is actually in New Mexico - but can impact your day in Arizona :)There is acerage along I-40 near Grants and Milan New Mexico that closes down during high winds. Because of the drought of the last decade - high winds create blackout conditions from sand and dirt. In 2004, several severe pile ups lead to traffic...

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  • Beware of Rattlesnakes! They bite!

    You hear those horror stories of rattlesnakes and well, unfortunately, it is true that people do get bitten, specially those who swerve away from the paved paths. So, be very careful not to go into the bushes --- I once saw a lady Japanese tourist (very nice smiling lady with whom I exchanged Konichiwa earlier) go into the cacti (with stone hidings...

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  • Killer Bees in Desert Southwest

    Yes, this is a warning for hikers in the Desert Southwest - Killer Bees! Don't wear bright colored garments and NO SCENTS - some even say you should not have scented deodorants! If you see those killer bees, the best solution is to LEAVE THE AREA! Do not go and swat the bees or smash them -- they will just go on an attack mode because the smached...

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  • Don't be shy to bring HUGE umbrella...

    You have heard this several times --- protect yourself from the sun! Sunblock, caps, and sunglasses to protect your retina!Specially people who have had lasik surgery might find the brightness a bit straining on the eyes (sensitivity of retina to light). So, very good sunglasses are essential (besides polaroid shades sometimes bring out the color...

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  • Danger Along the Arizona/Mexico Border

    There is a sign at the entrance to the Coronado National Memorial warning about illegal immigrant and drug smuggler traffic through the park. Remember, you are right on the border. Pay attention to your surroundings, avoid traveling alone, and if you see anyone that doesn't belong avoid them and report them. It is easy to tell immigrants from drug...

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  • Wildlife at Rest Area Near Mohawk

    They place these signs here for a reason. Both scorpions and rattlers live in and around the rest area. Do not bother them and they will not bother you.

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  • Stay in Designated Areas

    To help preserve the natural beauty of Arizona please stay in designated areas and only walk on designated trails. Remember that it is prohibited to remove any fossils, petrified wood, rocks, or other natural resources from the park. The trails are also safer because they decrease your chances of running across harmful animals or other situations....

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  • Do Not Take Anything But Pictures

    It is illegal to dig and/or remove anything from historic sites throughout Arizona. They will have you arrested if you are caught. Help us preserve our history by leaving things where you find them.

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  • Open Mine Pits

    Mining was, and still is, a major activity in Arizona. There are open mine shafts all over the state. Do not approach the mine shafts. If there is a barrier obey them. The area close to the edge of the shaft is unsteady and can fall away.

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  • Where Do I Rest?

    Arizona has a lot of desert trails you can hike on. Sometimes there is very little shade along these trails. Some of the trails have little benches or rocks you can sit on, some don't. I would not sit on this one because when it is overgrown like in this picture it is a good way to get bit on the butt by a rattler.

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  • Obey the Signs

    You should pay attention to these signs. There are sometimes places where the water flows across the road during monsoon season. The water can be deeper than it looks and can flow very quickly. The water can also be a indicator of a coming flash flood. Please obey the signs. Apparently someone was angry at this sign. See the bulletholes?

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  • It is HOT, so Drink more than usual

    The main mistake tourists make here is WATER -drink lots of it !! especially if you are hiking, biking,etcThe fact that you are not sweating, doesn't mean you don't need fluids replenished. Do Not hike up a mountain without water! Just because it is cool in the morning, doesn't mean it won't be hot by 10:00There is a so called "Stupid people" rule...

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  • Bark Scorpions

    One of the common hazards you may run into in Arizona is the bark scorpion. The typical "bark" or "crevice" scorpion is encountered in a variety of situations. It is most commonly found under rocks, logs, tree bark, and other surface objects. The bark scorpion (1-3 inches in length) is the most commonly encountered house scorpion. They are common...

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  • There are a few things to be...

    There are a few things to be aware off here: first of all the heat, it's very hot, so don't start a long hike without any water.At Monument Valley you can go horseback riding with the Navajos, this is a lot of fun, but they ride pretty carelessly. I'd never been on a horse before and it was pretty wild and I enjoyed it, but not for the...

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  • the border

    Although incredibly hyped up in the national media, you still must be weary of the border.When close to it, be sure to lock your car if leaving for an extended period, and either hide valuables within it or take them with you (basically take the precautions you would normally take in an urban environment).Trash is quite common in the area and is an...

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  • rural road gates

    Some of the best and most interesting sites in the state are only accessible via dirt road. It adds to Arizona's ambiance and scares many of the more gawky tourists away.Quite often, on some of the more rural dirt roads in the state, you'll come across gates blocking the road to otherwise public lands. This often indicates that you're crossing...

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