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"Hot and Dry" Top 5 Page for this destination Canyonlands National Park Warnings Or Dangers Tip by goodfish


Southern Utah averages only about 8 inches of rain a year and temperatures can easily top 100 degrees (+37 F) during the summer and early fall. 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 and many trails have little shade.

As drinking water is available very few places inside the parks, fill your bottles at your hotel or at the visitor center before making for the trailhead. We carried a collapsible, 2-gallon water bag in the car for quick refills, and camelbacks are great if you have one.

Drink and then drink some more. Having been to the dizzy, stomachache stage of dehydration, I have some firsthand experience with how fast it can slap you upside the head. Yup, that bottle of (eventually) lukewarm water is going to taste like crap so bringing along some of those zero-calorie flavoring packets to make it go down a little easier is one fine idea.


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  • Updated Oct 8, 2011
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