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Flash Floods and Storms, Capitol Reef National Park: 1 reviews and 2 photos
Because of all the gorgeous rock, I have to write this one about every National Park in Utah. This region see very little rainfall but when it does, all that water has to drain somewhere. That somewhere is usually straight to the bottoms of narrow canyons where there is no place to go but OUT?in a hurry.
Slot or otherwise narrow, high-walled canyons are very dangerous places to be in rain as you'll have very little warning - and very little time - to escape one if a debris-filled flood rushes through. It doesn't have to be pouring where you are, either; flash flooding can occur from cloudbursts far upstream.
The same goes for unpaved roads or those crossing gulches or washes: they can quickly become impassable and strand you for a good long wait on the wrong side during or after a heavy shower.
So enjoy the canyons and byways but check the forecast or call the NPS desk first. And for pete's sake don't park your car in a dry wash, OK?
Address: Capitol Reef National Park
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