Linger Longer and Hike Some Local Trails
By Dixie Brunner
Hundreds of trails are available for those wanting to hike in the beauty of this area’s majestic surroundings. There are short hikes for novices, and lengthy, overnight treks for the more-seasoned hikers. Squaw Trail, Pugh Canyon and the K-Hill are several shorter hikes you can access right here on the edge of Kanab. Trail maps are available at the Kane County Tourist Information Center, at BLM, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument visitor centers, as well as Forest Service and Park Service offices. While you’re traveling in this beautiful country, please be aware that the geography and elements are unforgiving. Heat, flash floods, crumbling sandstone and slickrock are just a few things to be concerned with when hiking here. If you’re going to hike, there are a few important safety tips to remember:
• Dress sensibly Temperatures can vary radically in the high desert plateau of southern Utah. Daytime temperatures can reach into the 100s, with night-time temperatures as low as the 40s.
• Take plenty of water! Experts recommend at least one gallon of water per person, per day. Heat exhaustion and dehydration take their toll on hikers.
• Take sunscreen, Chapstick and matches for safety.
• Make sure you tell someone where you’re going! Should you get lost or injured, recovery time (and occasionally your life), can be saved if rescuers know where to search.
Some BLM, Forest Service and NPS trails require hikers to register before they begin!
The Kane County Office of Tourism has printed up several dozen glossy flyers, and placed them on racks, with some terrific hikes and sites to see close by in Kane County. You can find them at several grocery and convenience stores in Kanab.