Utah Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't Feed Wildlife
    by blueskyjohn
  • Don't Feed Wildlife
    by blueskyjohn
  • Don't Feed Wildlife
    by blueskyjohn

Utah Warnings and Dangers

  • Religious Restrictions

    Salt Lake City Warnings and Dangers

    The official name of the Mormon Church (or LDS) is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints It was founded by Joseph Smith in the state of New York on April 6, 1830. It is known by outsiders for the following things: 1) The Osmond family... and now Mitt Romney 2) Restriction on alcoholic beverages.. 3) Inhospitable toward people of...

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  • Water - Hiking

    Zion National Park Warnings and Dangers

    This warning is for any long steep hike, exposed to the sun all day. Bring water! I have attached some photos of people attempting Angel's Landing with little more than a 12 ounce bottle of water! One thing to keep in mind, the day I took these photo's it was 80 degrees out! I don't know what these people are thinking but not only are they putting...

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  • Footwear for hiking

    Bryce Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Well, THIS is not it! I came across this person hiking on the Navajo Loop Trail. I hardly know where to begin on how foolish it is to hike even the easiest of trails in shoes like this. While most of the blame goes on her, I could tell by the eastern European language she and many along the trail were speaking, were part of a tour. I think the tour...

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  • Snakes

    Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers

    There is two reasons I placed this tip in the warnings section. One because there is a lot of people who are afraid of snakes. The other reason is to protect the snake since it is harmless. The pattern of the Gopher Snake skin resembles that of a Rattlesnake. There is two ways to tell the two apart. First, the Gopher Snake does not have a...

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  • Open Range

    Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument Warnings and Dangers

    Grand Staircase is open range and many rangers use the land to graze cattle. It is not uncommon to have cows standing in the middle of dirt roads in the park. Typically the roads are open and straight making it easy to them standing in the road. But they move off the road when they feel like it. You can try and beep the horn. The younger ones will...

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  • Road Hazards

    Capitol Reef National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Mule deer and free-range livestock (cattle and sheep) are common on or near the roads, especially in the park and along sections of Hwy 12. Some of of the cattle are dark and could be hard to see after dark so, day or night, keep your speed down and your eyes open!

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  • Cold and Snow

    Salt Lake City Warnings and Dangers

    We look all smiles in this pictures, but in reality, we were freezing our tushes off. This was taken on the day after the Opening Ceremonies and it was nearly zero degrees Fahrenheit. The Utah mountains can get that cold in the February. Not all the time, but it happens. A neck gaitor can make all the difference in the world. Deer Valley is the...

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  • Don't Feed Wildlife

    Zion National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Signs are posted at every trail head in the park. It's very clear you will be fined and the signs encourage people to report violators to park rangers. No one could have been more guilty of this infraction than the people in this photo as they fed peanut butter crackers to a squirrel. Now I could have confronted them but I assessed the situation...

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  • Footwear

    Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Ok, I've seen some pretty stupid things on the trails but this tops out in the top 5. To hike a trail in the desert, surrounded by Prickly Pear cactus, Yucca plants, scorpions, mice and sharp rocks, hiking with no shoes at all is moronic. Granted, the beginning of the Primitive Trail is rather sandy but it is clearly lined with cactus and other...

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  • Flash Floods and Storms

    Capitol Reef National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Because of all the gorgeous rock, I have to write this one about every National Park in Utah. This region see very little rainfall but when it does, all that water has to drain somewhere. That somewhere is usually straight to the bottoms of narrow canyons where there is no place to go but OUT…in a hurry. Slot or otherwise narrow, high-walled...

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  • Construction.

    Salt Lake City Warnings and Dangers

    Between my hotel and the convention center was a big construction site. They had massive construction going on getting ready for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. And I understand now they are repairing the capitol building. It's always something.

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  • Leave No Trace

    Zion National Park Warnings and Dangers

    At the end of the River Walk trail there is a rocky sand beach where you can enter the Virgin River. This is the access point for day hikers to the Virgin River Narrows. I have been here many times over the years but this is the first time I saw so many rocks stacked like cairns. People, for some reason, feel the need to leave their mark on a...

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  • Cryptobiotic Soil

    Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Cryptobiotic soil is a black crust commonly seen along the trails in Arches National Park. This crust is a combination of Cyanobacteria, fungi, mosses, lichen and algae. It is very important to the desert as it acts as seedbed for other plants to take hold as can be seen in the first picture. If someone were to step on this soil, it could take 50...

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  • Dehydration & Sunstroke

    Capitol Reef National Park Warnings and Dangers

    The Torrey area averages less than 8 inches of rain a year, and temperatures often top 90 degrees during the summer. You'll see reminders everywhere to drink plenty of water, pack at least a quart (short hikes) to a gallon (longer treks) along for the day, and cover your head: dehydration/sunstroke is no joke. Pay special attention to kids who may...

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  • Photo lines

    Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I've hiked up to Delicate Arch at least 15 times over the years and this most recent visit was the first time I ever saw such a line to get a picture standing under Delicate Arch. I've seen a few people wait but this was out of control. And what made things worse was the anger as people tried to cut the line, either by accident or intentionally....

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  • Stay on the trails

    Capitol Reef National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Cairns, those little pyramids of piled stones along the trails, are there for two reasons: A. To keep you from getting lost and/or away from dangerous or unstable places B. To keep you off cryptobiotic crust Cryptobiotic means "hidden life" and these lumpy, living colonies of microorganisms, algae, lichen and whatnot help keep the desert surface...

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  • Yucca Plant

    Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers

    A danger that is often overlooked is the Yucca Plant. This is common along trails. It has long shoots with very hard tips. These hard tips can easily penetrate long pants and puncture your skin. It is extremely painful. The plant is also referred to as Spanish Bayonet or Spanish Dagger for a reason. Most likely an encounter with this plant...

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  • Pets at the Park

    Capitol Reef National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Bringing your pet to a National Park is not recommended as they're almost always banned from trails and buildings, and have limited areas they're allowed - only on a leash - to be walked. They also cannot ever be left unattended in cars, RVS or campgrounds. Such is the case with Capitol Reef although you can walk Spot in the orchards and along the...

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  • Climbing on Arches

    Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers

    The park service prohibits walking onto of arches. Please obey this rule. The arches are fragile. Also allow people to enjoy the natural beauty and take pictures without some knuckle head sitting or standing on top. From the Arches National Park website: "To promote visitor safety and the opportunity to view natural features undisturbed,...

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  • Trails

    Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers

    The park service does a great job creating trails to all the attractions in the park. Please respect that and use the trails provided. They are there for a reason. Staying on trails helps protect the fragile vegetation in the desert. Multiple trail can also cause an erosion problem.

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  • Rock Slides

    In many areas where you might be prone to climb the rocks or steep hills, check the rocks first. Much of the rock is shale or red rock and incredibly fragile. You can get hurt incredibly easy if you are climbing in the wrong area and hit a patch of unstable rock. While in some areas you may feel inclined to take the least beaten path, think twice...

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  • Ancient Artifacts Are Fragile and...

    As you pass through some areas in Utah you will come into contact with many artifacts from past cultures. Most of these lay in the open and unguarded. It is your responsibility to treat these treasures with careful consideration and respect.Do not climb on them, write on them, or in most cases even touch them. Do not even think about taking a bit...

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  • Water Water Carry Water!!

    It is hard for a person that has not lived in this part of the world to get their head around how exposed you are here. The automobile gives one a FALSE sense of security. The distances here are vast. Should you have a mechanical malfunction you could be DAYS from the nearest help. Your cell phone will NOT always work.You will need at east a gallon...

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  • Road Hazards

    There are, of course, road hazards in all places. This road hazard I encountered in Utah is a bit unusual.

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  • Utah is slot canyon country

    Utah has its share of slot canyons and care should be taken when visiting them. In narrow canyons like Buckskin Gulch, there is always the danger of flash floods. This area is generally starved of moisture but when it comes, it comes torrentially , and often with little warning. The ground is simply unable to absorb the water quickly enough and...

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  • Slot canyon weather.

    Always try to check locally for the weather locally and up to 50 km away, as even if it is not raining locally a lot of these canyons and washes are linked and a small trickle will turn into a flood very quickly. Try to stay alert, listen for unusual sounds and have an eye for high ground, it may be necessary to get up somewhere pretty fast. In...

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  • Watch out for food poisoning

    My husband and I were admitted for a day at the hospital in Panguitch, UT after eating at the buffet at Ruby's Diner in Bryce, UT. The doctor said at that time that another few people had had a similar problem a week prior, and "luckily, their hepatitis tests came back negative." DINER BEWARE!!!!

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  • Prevent forest fires or wildfires !!!

    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, whatever you do travelling and hiking around in Utah – be careful when lighting...

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  • Drinkers beware

    Utah is, by and large, a dry state. Many areas do not sell alcohol. By law, alcohol cannot be sold without food, so you won't find too many bars in your travels across this state. In more populated areas such as Salt Lake City, restaurants and private clubs allow drinking, but require the purchase of a membership for a fee before allowing you in.

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  • Smokers beware

    Many places in Utah, including gas stations and convenience stores, do not sell cigarettes. If you're a smoker, keep that in mind lest you'll go without or have to drive for miles to the only place which carries your wares in order to purchase a drastically priced inflated pack of smokes. This, of course, does not apply to Salt Lake City and...

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  • Winter Driving

    Driving on snow and ice can be a harrowing experience. Every year, people are injured and killed while doing this. Utah has a lower rate of traffic fatalities than most states, probably due to the low consumption of alcohol. But accidents on ice roads do happen. On Thanksgiving weekend 2004, at least 8 people were killed in traffic accidents in the...

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  • Be SAFE and Leave No Trace

    When you experience the outdoors you must be prepared. Just because you're going to a national park with trails that are maintained does not mean you are safe from danger. You must know your capabilities and plan properly. Be sure to have the right clothes and right amt. Take quality gear. Register and inform park rangers of your plans if you're...

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  • desert hiking

    This is a wonderful place but be warned, this is the desert and it is very remote. Coyote buttes is not like hiking the defined trails of the Alps or Yosemite. Coyote Buttes has no trails, cairns or markers of any kind and it is very easy to get lost. Bring more water than you think will need. You might need it. In the summer it is very hot in the...

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  • watch for deer!!!!

    I-70 is a rush but watch out for gigantic elk and deer...the will take you out!!Suset...nightime...mating season(fall) and even daytime...the are big, unpredictable and can kill you...hitting a deer at high speed is like running into a brick wall...and if you clip em just right they can go thru you windshield and then you have one pissed off deer...

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  • Summer Precautions

    The heat and sun can be relentless in the summer. Make sure you take plenty of water with you, even a short hike to a site just off the road can dehydrate you. Sunblock and hats are a necessity. Take breaks often during the day to make sure you don't overdo the heat and sun.

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  • On the trail we hiked the...

    On the trail we hiked the ledge was very narrow, and there was a light coating of sand that is very slick in tennis shoes. Hiking boots would work better and use the chain posted in the rock. If the weather is hot and sunny be sure you have water.

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  • dont try jumping too high on...

    dont try jumping too high on your first day, i know it sounds fun but you might get hurt. here is a pic of my friend catching air, he didnt land it.

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  • This would mostly be for those...

    This would mostly be for those who haven't been to the Western United States ...1. Hot dry weather. Beacause the humidity is so low, I found you can become dehydrated very quickly, and not know it because you don't notice sweating. It dries too fast. Bring PLENTY of water.2. Much of Utah is very remote - make sure you have enough supplies. On...

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  • I tried very hard to train my...

    I tried very hard to train my eye-hand coordination while driving in Utah, keep one eye on the road, the other one on the passing scenery, one hand on the steering wheel, one hand to wake my husband to snap a shot, it can be dangerous for there're too many breath-taking scenery on the road, you wish there's roof top camera with a remote control on...

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  • If you’re in the mood for some...

    If you’re in the mood for some alcohol while in Utah, you better plan on getting it before you want it. Utah controls all the liquor stores in Utah, and only has 13-14 liquor stores in the entire state. Since they are the monopoly, watch out for the prices. The hours they are open are pretty goofy, and are closed on Sunday. All beer sold in Utah...

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  • Watch your speed while...

    Watch your speed while traveling around rural Utah. We've discovered that a lot of those rural towns don't like non-mormons, and will be happy to give you a ticket! The Metro areas of Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Provo aren't that bad. I took this picture when my friend was pulled over! :)

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  • Most of Utah is desert,...

    Most of Utah is desert, especially the southern portion. BRING WATER. If you're driving, it's always a good idea, what with the radiator overheating or being stranded. And you don't have an excuse if you don't bring it with you while hiking! Seriously, you'll dehydrate out there.

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  • Until the 2002 Winter...

    Until the 2002 Winter Olympics, I list the traffic hassles has a warning. When the games were announced, Salt Lake City began widening the interstate system and putting in a light rail system. Traffic can thus be heavy. However, when all the work is done, I would anticipate that it will be a very communter friendly city.

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  • Normally the desert is not a...

    Normally the desert is not a good place for your four footed and dark furred friend. Last time I went to this area, was during the fall. And I went hiking only during the morning and late afternoon when the sun was lower in the sky. Even then you should bring lots of water for your self and your hiking partner. My dog looks very thirsty here, but...

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  • When hiking in the parks of...

    When hiking in the parks of southern Utah, be sure to take plenty of drinking water with you. Dehydration is a serious threat. Basically, when you leave the Information Center there are no more places to buy refreshments so go prepared for the day's outing.

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