Great Hiking – But Plan Ahead
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. Trail maps are available at the Kane County Tourist Information Center, Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument Visitor Centers, 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 all things to be concerned about when hiking here. If you’re going to ‘Get Busy Living’ and take a hike, here 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 well into the 90’s, with night time temperatures as low as the 40’s. • 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. Note-some BLM and NPS trails require hikers to register before they begin!