One of the country’s most beautiful national parks, Zion National Park is also among the most popular in the US. Located in southern Utah, the park is characterized by a variety of breathtaking sandstone cliffs and unique rock formations. Before heading to Zion, there are some safety precautions you should take note of.
As Zion is in the heart of the desert, weather conditions can be extreme. Heat exhaustion and dehydration are very real, so be sure to bring plenty of water with you and keep yourself hydrated during your visit.
Flash floods can happen suddenly and without warning, so if there are signs of a storm make sure to avoid slot canyons and seek higher ground. Flooding can be intense and dangerous and has been known to wipe humans off trails. Lightning is a huge safety concern at Zion National Park so keep yourself safe during a storm by avoiding wide open spaces, staying out of the water, finding shelter, and avoiding tall trees.
There are plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities throughout Zion National Park, but it’s important to keep a safe distance from any animals you see. Never feed the park animals or approach them, as animal transmitted diseases could be fatal.
Be wary of steep cliffs at Zion National Park and stay well away from the edge which can be dangerous and unstable. Always hike and climb with caution and watch your footing, as pebbles and gravel can be slippery. Some trails are more hazardous than others, and should only be attempted by experienced hikers. Beware of falling rocks, especially near cliff edges. If rocks begin to fall, take shelter and cover your head with your backpack.