Moab Warnings and Dangers

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    Prevent forest fires or wildfires !!!

    by Trekki Written Sep 4, 2005

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    Hope, the officials don’t mind that I place Smokey Bear here to warn of forest fires. But, during all my travels in US I was fascinated of the successful campaign of creating the bear as a “living figure” to give the message to prevent forest fires.

    So: wherever you are hiking around in Moab's landscape – be careful when lighting a fire.
    Don’t throw away cigarettes or matches, don’t cook with open fire when not protecting it against wind – the best of all would even be not to light a fire at all.

    It is said that 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans.

    A bit off-topic, but nevertheless interesting: Smokey Bear is actually based on an orphan baby black bear, who was found after a big forest fire in 1950.
    You can read more about this, and also about wildfires, what they do, and how to prevent them on Smokey Bears Website

    The picture is a 1949 poster of Smokey Bear campaign.

    Prevent forest fires or wildfires !!!
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    Innocent dry wash?

    by XenoHumph Written Dec 23, 2004

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    Most rivers and creeks you will cross in the Moab area will look very dry. But be very careful! They can become deadly if a storm hits! Suddenly a storm surge forms and a big mud-filled water wave rushes down the dry creeks destroying everything in its way!
    At any rate, do not stop, camp or park your vehicle in the middle of a dry wash, especially during stormy weather.

    Dry wash near Tower Arch, Arches NP. Utah
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    Crowds!!!

    by XenoHumph Written Dec 23, 2004

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    The beauty of the Moab area has its downside: it attracts A LOT of people! Especially Arches National Park, and the Iskand in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park attract millions of visitors. The high season is September and May. Note that as soon as you walk more than one hour (or even half an hour) away from a parking lot, you will loose 99% of the crowd.
    The most popular spots are the Delicate Arch in Arches NP, especially at sunset as all guidebooks tell you "go see Delicate Arch at sunset", so all the sheeps go (see picture). Also popular is Devil's Garden trail in Arches NP, but 75% of the people stop half way at Landscape Arch where the trail becomes slightly more difficult (you have to walk on slickrock, oh la la!).

    Crowd at Delicate Arch for sunset, Arches NP, Utah
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    Take water with you!

    by XenoHumph Updated Dec 23, 2004

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    The Moab area, including the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are real harsh deserts where water is rare and hard to be found. ALWAYS take water with you!! Even for a short walk! On a hot day, you need at least one gallon (4 liters) of water a day.
    Sun cream, hat and long light-colored sleeves are also a good idea to protect yourself from the harsh sun in the summer.

    Lizard trails in sand, Tower Arch, Arches NP, Utah
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    Elusive Spirits & Bewilderment of Brews

    by goodfish Updated Feb 7, 2013

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    Utah has the most bizarre, most frustrating, most confusing liquor laws in the United States; even the locals are baffled. And they change them as often as I change my socks so just about the time you figure them out, they throw you a curveball. We found the situation just a bit better on our 2011 trip than in 2004 as they'd finally gotten rid of the strange club law that required a membership to get near a mixed drink, but kept other nonsense - and added more - on the books.

    Some of the absurdities include:

    • A type of liquor license that allows mixed drinks but requires a partition - nicknamed the Zion Curtain - between customer and bartender so you can't see the bottles or mixing of the drink itself

    • Another type of license that forbids the enjoyment of a libation unless you've ordered food

    • Still another restricts to wine and beer only with the same barrier in place to hide evil taps and bottles

    • No happy hours or drink specials. Ever.

    • Spirits for sale only at state-owned liquor stores with goofy hours

    • No doubles or heavy pours. Ever. Bottles are gauged to dispense state-approved amounts.

    And so forth and so on. Knowing that locating a stress-free, post-hike adult beverage was questionable in some locations and virtually impossible in others, we picked up a cheap styro cooler and 2-week supply of goodies en route from Grand Junction and had civilized nightcaps at our rental apartment and motels. A bit of digging also turned up one local oasis in Moab where we could have beer o'clock with no baloney.

    In a nutshell: BYOB, baby.

    The no-headache happy hour
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    Desert Temperatures

    by Etoile2B Written Feb 9, 2005

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    Be prepared for extremes of temperature when visiting Moab. In the summertime the heat is extreme and the sun intense. In the winter temperatures drop and snow falls. During the summer you’ll be hard pressed to find shade in this part of the desert. Moab attracts all types of adventure seekers. Just make sure you drink plenty of water and carry maps with you when hiking or biking. If you’re unfamiliar with the terrain don’t stray from the marked trails. If you get lost and caught out in the desert sun there isn’t much you can do to protect yourself from exposure. Know your limits, carry proper equipment and provisions, have a plan and be careful. But most of all have fun. If you’re a thrill seeker looking for adventure Moab is the place for you.

    High noon in the desert
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    Water hazards

    by goodfish Updated Apr 26, 2012

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    An unusual amount of heavy rain/flash flooding threw bit of a wrench in our hiking agenda; not that we had any trouble finding other things to do. This region only sees about 8 inches a year but when it comes there's no place for it go except rushing over rock and washes - many of which you may be on the wrong side of. Deep/narrow canyons or slots and trails/roads which cross arroyos are no places to be in a storm as, at best, you may be stranded for awhile or, at worst, dangerously trapped or washed away by a quickly rising, debris-filled torrent.

    Rain in the forecast? Choose activities in places unlikely to put you in a tight spot. High, open plateaus or peaks are also really lousy places to be in a thunderstorm so if you see lighting coming your way, make tracks for lower ground.

    The visitor center in Moab and the rangers' desks at both Arches and Canyonlands are excellent places to check current weather, trail and unpaved road conditions before heading out.

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    Corona Arch Hike-Not for ALL

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    On Potash Rd UT 297 and 3 miles north of town This is a rather difficult 3 mile hike for some; at least I thought so. You hike over a lot of rough rocks in the creek bed, some sand, but the big issue is the slickrock trek. This is the last portion of the hike, so by the time you get to that point, you do not want to turn back. Well the steel railing along the first slickrock and big angle is there so you do not slip and go downhill 50-70 feet-straight down. The next one is a climb on 40% angle straight up and the grip on the rail is necessary to make the top. I did not get a picture of that one-but should have; it is a "doozy". There even is a small ladder of old wood for ambiance.

    Steel rope railing Long fall down-not up Angle of the slickrock Rock in creekbed trail
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    Pit toilets are Stinky

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 17, 2009

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    Watch where you feel you need to have some relief. The pit toilets are merely holes in the ground and they have not vent except up that hole you are looking into. The methane gases may kill you, if the smell does not make you pass out first. Not all are this bad as described, but, yes a lot are, and you do not have the privilege to choose if you are out in the wilderness.
    Yes-the methane gas is deadly if in a confined area. I did not pass out, but my weak stomach and tolerance definately let me know I was in danger. It the vent does not work sufficiently, then the problem of keeping the smell away is moot.

    Basic pit toilet to enjoy A need in the Weeds Large multiple stools
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    Pick Alcohol Where You Desire Content

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 11, 2009

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    The local liquor store is the only one in this County, or maybe State? to sell bottles of liquor and wine. I am not sure. what I was told was to go to the State Liquor Control Store to get 5% beer. So I tried. I found out all they had, and very little of it was foreign import types and in 6 packs mostly, and the prices I would guess were out of site. The whole deal was a rip off so I did not buy. You can buy 3-2% beer in grocery stores, so that is where I went, and am sure the prices are about 1/2.
    Located on 200 block S right off Main in middle of town

    Monopoly that is anothe Gov't Rip Off
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    Severe weather in the desert

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    During my last trip in May 2014, our group was hiking at Fisher Towers. The weather had been on and off thunderstorms for several days. Our hike this day started out with some clouds and sun. While we were in the sun, I can see off in the distance Nimbus clouds forming with some virga. After about 1 mile of hiking I heard some thunder and stopped the group. As I contemplated the decision to turn back, the wind abruptly kicked up. Luckily the desert here is wide open and I can see the Nimbus clouds get darker and appear to move in our direction. I turn our group back quickly toward the trailhead. I passed several groups of hikers and warned of the impending weather. I felt it would be severe due to the thunder but more importantly the strength and sudden approach of the wind. They disregarded me and continued on. Unfortunate.

    We reached the trailhead as a light drizzle began. Within 10 minutes we were in the cars out to the main road driving when it hit. The heavy rain and thunder was mixed with nickel sized hail. It was so bad I pulled over thinking the windshield was going to be smashed. Within 20 minutes it passed to just be rain. That must have been a long 20 minutes for those hikers that continued on as there is no protection and if lightening were to strike Fisher Tower it likely would have splashed over onto them.

    My group learned a valuable lesson about weather and the desert.

    The photos above are shown in order as I returned the group to the cars and subsequent hail storm.

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    Gemini Bridges

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 12, 2009

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    Off Hwy 191 is treacherous for any vehicle; even 4WD. There are spots that can stop the progress, and the biggest problem is the climb up some sandy hills, let alone the hanging off the side of a mountain coming to or from Hwy 191 about 1/2 mile in. TAke Hwy 313 going to Canyonlands, and go the 6 miles in that way and return the same way. It is easy on the vehicle and the nerves.

    The cliff edge is clsoer than it looks Tough climb in sand and rock SAnd everywhere- and deep Road finds a way through this
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    Trees being Eradicated

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 12, 2009

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    Not really a warning-but the growth of the Tamarisk trees has caused a problem for the Forest Service and BLM around here and the west. These are/were hardy trees, but now infected with beetles, and then are dying. This is causing a fire hazard, and they are cutting them down to mitigate the spread if and when that happens. These pictures are from BLM cutting down trees along the creek at Negro Bill canyon.

    Stacked up cut wood to haul away Cut up Tamarisk tree
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    Watch where you set your tent!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    This recent trip in May 2104 we set camp early evening at ken's Lake. One in our group happen to set his tent on top of a nest of Field Mice. We didn't learn this until after 3 days when we broke down the tents and packed up. There seem to be a mother and several babies scurrying around our feet. They definitely were not shy or frightened by our presence.

    So if you have a fear of mice, look closely before you set camp. By the way, they did not feel any presence under the tent while sleeping.

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    Poison Spider Trail is Rough

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 12, 2009

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    It is rated as the most difficult in the MOab area for Jeeps and mountain bikes. That is why they were going so slow at 2-3 MPH and bikers walking the trails. I hiked, and that is the way to go, if you want to save your transportation.

    Terraced drop of 15 feet Rock base of rough surfaces Path gets rugged here How to Get by those Rocks
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