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Old 06-25-2022, 03:13 PM   #1
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Capitol Reef Nat'l Park, UT - flood

Folks need to take the desert seriously when it rains. It can just be misting where you are but 10 mi. away it could be harder rain. The desert doesn't absorb the water and creates flooding downstream.

https://kutv.com/news/local/hikers-d...f-flood-waters
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This is an important PSA for anyone not used to the desert and flash floods.

Yes, in the desert, ravines, gulches, anywhere it looks like water runs can be VERY dangerous places to play/hike in. If there is any hint of rain upstream/up the hill/mountain, even if hot and dry where you are, get the heck out NOW.

In the matter of minutes that dry dusty ravine can and will turn into a raging white water rapid river that will kill you and destroy your vehicles. If you have too, abandon your vehicle and climb out the side of the ravine. You likely CAN'T out run the water, don't try to.

Grew up in the Desert Southwest and have great respect for these areas. Many people have died not paying attention what is happening "upstream" and/or they think they can out drive the water... you can't.
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What comes to mind is all the people who hike upi to theslot canyon in moab NP … not a care inthe world and no look at all at the weather upstream…. Gives me shivers
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I'm not aware of a slot canyon in Moab. You mean in Arches Nat'l Park?

There's a river hike at the end of Zion Nat'l Park that is very pleasant to do. The rangers closely monitor the weather beyond and close the trail, if necessary, because once you're in the river walking you can't get out of the canyon because of the steep walls.

The slot canyon in Page, AZ had a similar flood caused by rain miles beyond. People got trapped in the slot canyon and died.
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I'm not aware of a slot canyon in Moab. You mean in Arches Nat'l Park?

There's a river hike at the end of Zion Nat'l Park that is very pleasant to do. The rangers closely monitor the weather beyond and close the trail, if necessary, because once you're in the river walking you can't get out of the canyon because of the steep walls.

The slot canyon in Page, AZ had a similar flood caused by rain miles beyond. People got trapped in the slot canyon and died.


The “river hike” in moab IS a slot canyon … just a wide one. The canyon is subject to flash floods … not extremely often, but it only takes one…

I spent a while speaking with a ranger there, and they said most people just dont check or listen to the rangers.
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The “river hike” in moab IS a slot canyon … just a wide one. The canyon is subject to flash floods … not extremely often, but it only takes one…
The river hike is in Zion; not Arches which is in the town of Moab.

Utah has some awesome slot canyons. We've done some but always check the whole area weather.

https://www.americansouthwest.net/sl...ark/index.html
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Colorado post's those cute little triangle signs.

"Climb to safety in case of floods"

Makes me feel safe ?

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