Zion National Park Warnings and Dangers

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    Thunderstorms

    by GuthrieColin Written Mar 19, 2006

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    The summer months in Zion mean two things. Warmer temperatures and more thunderstorms are likely. The average daily high temperature is over 90 degrees in June-September. The number of Thunderstorms spikes during July and August to more than 14 per month. They are usually expected in the afternoon and can occur almost without warning.
    The danger involved is greatest in the case of flash flooding. For visitors hiking the narrows these flash floods can easily take your life. The small streams can come thundering down the narrow canyons with hundreds of logs and other debris and take you with them. The narrows provide little room for refuge from these floods so one must be extremely aware of any loud noises when hiking up the river.

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    Winters can be Dangerous

    by Shihar Written Jan 14, 2006

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    We visited in early March,and I must say the weather was absolutely beautiful in the Park.

    But.. some trails can be covered with snow and ice in winter. Loose sand or peebles are slippery. Be careful on cliff edges when using cameras or binoculars.

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    Fearful of Heights?

    by Andraf Updated Feb 22, 2005

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    If you have a genuine fear of heights, there will be some things in Zion that will simply not be fun for you. I recommend reading the description of hikes before you go as many come with the note "Long drop-offs and narrow trail. Not for anyone fearful of heights". Listen to them as they really mean it. The mother of all narrow hikes is the Angel's Landing hike which has portions were the trail is 3 feet (1 meter) wide with steep drop-offs on both sides. The good part is that on these hikes you can always find chains to hold on to.

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    Snow and ice on trails

    by goingsolo Written Dec 21, 2004

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    On winter nights, temperatures often hover at just above freezing, causing snow and ice to form. For some scientific reason I'm not aware of, icicles like to form on metal. The handrails on this set of steps leading to Weeping Rock are not only cold to the touch, but slippery against your hands. Add to that the water spraying off Weeping Rock and you've got a virtual slip-n-slide going here. One word of caution: be careful on your early morning hikes.

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    Beware of crumbling cliffs

    by goingsolo Written Dec 21, 2004

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    In much the same way as the canyon walls are subject to crumbling, cliffs and overlooks found alongside trails are capable of crumbling without notice. Its a good idea to do as the sign says and stay on the trail at all times. There are plenty of photo ops in this park and no need to risk life or limb for that great shot.

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    Beware of crumbling rock

    by goingsolo Written Dec 21, 2004

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    Many people come to Zion to climb its magnificent canyon walls. What many novices do not know is that these are not routes for the beginner or for the faint of heart. Zion's sandstone walls have a tendency to crumble, creating a dangerous condition for the unsuspecting climber. Make sure to check conditions on any route you plan to climb before heading out.

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    Don't forget your Common Sense

    by Combinedefx Written Feb 7, 2004
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    I find it amazing how ill equipped people are these days. If you are not used to hiking or even walking on something other than concrete or yard sod, keep that in mind and be prepared! Many people were obviously unprepared for what were mild to moderate hikes.
    Please also keep in mind that our Park lands are dedicated so they may be preserved. Do not leave trails or screw them up in any way. This includes littering. A no-brainer one would think but it is apparent even in such otherwise pristine lands.

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    Hiking Dangers

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Jan 27, 2003

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    If you visit in the winter be aware that some trails may be closed due to falling ice. This ice can be very dangerous, falling from great heights. Temperatures can be very high in the summer (105 degrees) so carry lots of drinking water if hiking. Avoid drainages after thunderstorms as flash floods can suddenly take place, sweeping you to your death.

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    The Flashflood-warnings in The...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

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    The Flashflood-warnings in The Narrows should not be taken lightly. Yes, it will be a pitty if you, because of that, would miss the beauty of this part of Zion, but better not risk as it is quiet possible that we (the world) will have to miss out of you!

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    Near the lodge is a lovely...

    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Near the lodge is a lovely meadow, a popular spot in the evening. At sunset, the shadows grow longer... and deer may come out of the trees. We were sitting on a bench, enjoying the view. Suddenly we saw a small black thing in the middle of the green. And we heard a proud dad tell his baby son: 'Look, a skunk!' 'Skunkilyyyyyy!' the boy yelled, running after the furry animal, and dad proudly accompanied his son in his attempt to cuddle a new pet. The skunk who did not like that at all.

    Note: There ARE skunks around, and they don´t like to be cuddled.

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    Also, be careful with the...

    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Also, be careful with the deer. They may come out at dusk, they may go to where they expect food - but do not feed them nor approach them from behind. If you feed them, they won´t be able to find themselves enough food later on, and when approached from behind, they react in a terrified manner, kicking. And the paramedics get some more work.

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    Warning Signs

    by Basaic Written Aug 16, 2010

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    There are a number of warning signs in the park. You should obey them. They are there for your safety and to protect the park for future generations of visitors.

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    The Tunnel

    by Basaic Written Jul 27, 2009

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    The Tunnel

    There is a long tunnel on the main road through the park. If you are driving a large vehicle inquire ahead of time. Sometimes the tunnel is one way so expect delays.

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    Heed any warning signs

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2006

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    This sign means:

    "Falls from cliffs on this trail have resulted in death

    •Stay on the trail

    •Stay back from cliff edges

    •Observe posted warnings

    •Parents-watch your children"

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    Twisty Mountain Roads

    by Easty Written Jun 26, 2004

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    Zion-Mount Carmel Highway

    Zion-Mount Carmel Highway was a very twisty mountain road with no guardrails. Needless to say, caution is advised here.

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