Magnificent 7 mountain bike route warnings
While I love this trail, there are several issues that need to be specifically pointed out. The first is a barbwire fence that actually crosses the trail and has absolutely NO WARNINGS at all! If you are flying down the trail and happen to admire the view for a few seconds you can end up in the fence and in quite a mess. You have to dismount and open gate. No problem but a few orange ribbons tied on the wire can prevent some unnecessary injuries. This is in the Bull Run section on the trail.
The second is a shooting range in the canyon floor of the Bull Run section. The shooting range is a boy scout camp so I should need to say much more on that. If you hear shooting, get off your bike and walk, keeping low, lol.
- Adventure Travel
Sun. Hot. Inferno. Need Water .
Bring lots and lots and lots and lots of water. If you are going to do any hiking in this heat, bring even more water. I must have drank over a gallon a day, no joke.
If you are afraid of the sun, wear sun block, you are gonna need it!
Respect dinosaur prints
When visiting or observing dinosaur foot tracks, do not dump a bunch of water into a dinosaur print like this lady who did not know what she was talking about. She impressed a family with a few young kids but everything she was telling them was not true. It is permitted to spray some water on the track to make is easier to identify. I have never found this to be the case but regardless, the lady with the camera poured a 12 ounce bottle of water into the print making it unidentifiable. She claimed to be a scout for NG, whatever that means. You can see the father of the children trying to scoop the water out so the children can see the print.
A little bit of knowledge can make people dangerous.
- Family Travel
Heat Can Be a Problem
Expect hot summers. Average high temperatures for May and September are in the 80's, June and August average temperatures are in the high 90's, and July averages 100. Dehydration can be a real problem, carry lots of water during your explorations if visiting in these summer months
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking
If you decide to mountain...
If you decide to mountain bike, hike, etc on the trails make sure you have a map and are well hydrated. Bring extra water with you. People get lost every year on the trails since the places are very remote and dangerous, especially if you get lost because a lot of times no one knows you are gone.
Swimming or bathing in the...
Swimming or bathing in the Colorado River is very risky. The currents appear tame but are actually quite swift. People have drowned when they were swept away downstream. The only time you should attempt a dip at all is if you are on a rafting trip and have a life preserver on. Rafting guides often give you the option to jump in where they know the river to be safe enough. They will also be keeping an eye on you should you run into any trouble.
When in the Moab area, take...
When in the Moab area, take care of yourself and your vehicle, by being quite aware of the terrain, the difficulty of the trails you are driving. ALSO, take care of the environment by only driving on established roads and trails, pack out all trash, and leave nothing! Thanks
The heat will kill you
When the normal temperature in July is 99 degrees it doesn't take make to get over heated. Take plenty of water and try to take breaks from hiking and biking. The Moab area doens't have a lot of trees and especially in and around the National Parks.
I'm not the most experienced hiker in the world, but i'm not the least either. While pushing my friends off the beaten path on a trail we went to we noticed some older people straggling along behind us. we'd stopped to chill for a bit on a flat outcrop, but we watched/overheard them for 10-15 minutes trying to decide where the trail went. after a while they started wandering off in a completely opposite direction because they couldn't get back up the way they came.
Long winded, but what i'm trying to say is that if you're an inexperienced, or incapable hiker, make sure you follow the trail or have someone who knows what they're doing. it's easy to take a wrong turn and change a fun thing into tragedy really quickly.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Hot Desert Weather
Moab is at a lower elevation than most areas in the region. This means that this is also gets hotter here. The temperature was approaching 100 degrees the day I was there. The sun is also very very strong.
Rugged Terrain Ruins Transportation
These are a couple of pictures I saw of what can happen out there in the country. These are more than likely rentals, so who cares?
- Arts and Culture
It can be really hot here in...
It can be really hot here in the summers, so make sure you drink alot of water while visiting the National Park.
You can be fined for litering in the National Parks. Also, you are not to take any rocks or remove items form the parks too.
Cloud to ground lighting strikes are common during the summer months. Be careful and keep an eye on the sky!
It is a National Park- not Disney
Be prepared for hiking in the park. One should have plenty or fluids with them (not in the car- like I did) and sunscreen. I was not properly perpared!!
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