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You know the only 8 inches of precip I mentioned in that previous warning? On our 2011 trip, I think they got about 1/2 of that in 4 days. Felt like it, anyway. A downpour that's no big deal anywhere else can be a very big deal in Southern Utah; all that rock leaves it nowhere to go but DOWN. In a hurry. Into any and every space it can fill.

Heavy rains and thundershowers had us hightailing it off pinnacles and up out of canyon floors. They washed out trails and roads, flooded slots, made slickrock even slicker, and turned dry washes into raging torrents.

Rain is no more than an annoyance on the shorter trails and overlooks but can be a real pain in the fanny for those involving dirt roads, longer primitive trails or low, tight spaces. And high, open spaces are no place to be when it's lightning. Check with the rangers on weather conditions before setting off on long hikes, and make other plans if a cats-and-dogs downpour is possible anywhere in the area: flooding is possible from storms miles away.

Website: http://www.nps.gov/arch

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  • Updated Nov 18, 2011
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