While the Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks are stunning environments, they are also very dangerous, covering vast areas of land. Many areas within the parks are isolated, and in an emergency, it can be difficult to find help, and the cell phone reception is sparse. Before heading out on any trail or hike it is important to check the conditions with the park rangers.
The majority of visitors to Bryce Canyon will start their visit in the Bryce Canyon City which is located approximately 2.5 miles from the visitor center. If you haven’t visited the area before, it is important to be aware of the fluctuations in temperature and terrain depending on the area of the park you visit. The extremes in the environment from searing heat through to freezing temperatures in the mountains can result in serious health problems if you do not plan carefully, particularly if you have never been to the area before. The other potential issue that many people struggle with is the elevation. The elevations are high enough to present problems for people with health concerns or those who are not accustomed to the altitude because there is less oxygen and lower humidity.
To keep yourself safe during your visit, we have put together some top tips to help you make your trip both enjoyable and safe:
- There are many families who visit the Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, and for them, it is advised to stock up before they leave with baby supplies and diapers.
- Take with you any prescription medications that you might need and the contact details of any pharmacists or doctors in the case of an emergency.
- The Bryce Canyon is best suited to hiking during the day, and there are many trails that can be accessed from the park road which offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy the best of the scenery on offer. Before starting out on any hike in the Bryce Canyon, it is important that you are equipped properly, and you plan carefully. The first consideration is water. In the summer months, the Bryce Canyon is extremely dry and hot, and sources of water below the rim are few and far between, and if you do find one, you will need to treat the water before it can be consumed.
- Always carry sunscreen, a hat to prevent overexposure to the sun and eye protection against the sun’s UV rays.
- Sturdy boots are crucial, so they provide the right support for your feet and protection while trekking.
- It is recommended that you stop by at the visitor center and discuss your route and plans with the ranger who can provide important information to keep you safe.
- Make sure that you have the right supplies before you set out including a day pack with water bottles, food, first aid kit, GPS unit, compass and map, sunscreen and hats, rain macks, a backpacker’s trowel, toilet paper, plastic bags, flashlight, pocket knife, guidebook and camera or Smartphone.
Once you venture out into the wilderness, you need to be suitably prepared for all eventualities.