Moab Warnings and Dangers

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  • Warnings and Dangers
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  • Warnings and Dangers
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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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    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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    Heat Can Be a Problem

    by KimberlyAnn Updated May 22, 2003

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    Hiking to Partition Arch in Arches National Park

    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

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    If you decide to mountain...

    by moremaga Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Swimming or bathing in the...

    by worldtrekker Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    When in the Moab area, take...

    by PdRDuz Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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

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    Hot Desert Weather

    by Easty Written Jun 13, 2004

    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.

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    Respect dinosaur prints

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jun 6, 2014
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    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.

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    making assumptions.

    by xstillbornx Written Mar 21, 2005

    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.

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    The heat will kill you

    by mikehanneman Written Feb 11, 2012
    Shade and water are hard to find!

    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.

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    Rugged Terrain Ruins Transportation

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    Scraps from 4WD taking on huge rock
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    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?

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    It can be really hot here in...

    by Nobbe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It can be really hot here in the summers, so make sure you drink alot of water while visiting the National Park.

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    It is a National Park- not Disney

    by johnandlynclarke Written Jul 31, 2006
    From Delicate Arch looking back at parking lot!!
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    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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    DON'T LITER!!

    by mikehanneman Updated Feb 14, 2012
    Show respect for your parks..a diaper on the trail

    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.

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    Lighting

    by mikehanneman Written Feb 11, 2012

    Cloud to ground lighting strikes are common during the summer months. Be careful and keep an eye on the sky!

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