Zion National Park Area Map
As with other national parks, Zion National Park is filled with awe-inspiring sights – from its Zion Canyon to its Virgin River – that can also pose as safety hazards if not approached appropriately. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and avoid hiking during thunderstorms, especially on trails such as the Narrows, which are predisposed to flash floods. Also, remember that summertime's high travel season – especially July through September – are particularly prone to heavy precipitation.
Temperatures during the peak season can also reach into triple digits, which means that staying hydrated and wearing hats and sunscreen is very important. The National Park Service recommends carrying one gallon of water per person and bringing snacks. If any of your hiking companions become disoriented or confused – perhaps even have seizures – it's important to cool them down and seek medical attention immediately, as they could be experiencing heatstroke. Headaches, fatigue, clammy skin, nausea and vomiting are all symptoms of heat exhaustion and should be treated with food and fluids.
Some of the hiking trails feature narrow areas with steep drop-offs – take your time, stay on the trails, keep away from the cliff edges, observe any posted warnings and keep a close eye on any children. For more information on staying safe in Zion National Park, visit the park service website.
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