Road Trip - Salt Lake City to Las Vegas

Started Jul 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
bflood
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Re: Zion and Bryce N.P.'s
In reply to ktownbill, Jul 25, 2013

ktownbill makes a good point - all of the slot canyons in the west share this risk - a good heavy shower or thunderstorm ANYWHERE in the drainage basin for that canyon can create a flash flood. A downpour 30 miles upstream can result in a 10 foot wall of water rushing thru the part of the canyon where you are with no warning. I've been to the entrance to the Narrows when the park has closed it because of this hazard - they had a ranger positioned there to make sure people didn't go in anyway.

I've been looking to go there for the past several weeks, but Utah has been part of a general area of thunderstorms so much this summer that I haven't gone, just because of the flash flood potential. The park can take care to keep folks out when the weather forecast indicates, but they can't help you if the forecast inaccurately omits storms.

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