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dave gaines
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Flash Floods in Zion National Park & weather watch

One thing to watch for when hiking into the remote canyons of Zion is sudden rainstorms and flash floods. In the case of The Narrows, the watershed that feeds into the narrow canyon is as much as 100 miles away. You can't see the weather from that distance nor when you're in the deep narrow canyon.

The Subway hike is like that too. Once you get up to the Subway tunnel the walls are vertical and there is no way out but downstream. The hike from the bottom end of the canyon begins on a high, remote plateau but quickly drops to the bottom of a narrow deep canyon. There's no cell reception or wifi down there to check on the weather.

The solution is to check the weather just before heading into any narrow canyon for a hike. The Park headquarters provides warnings if you stay in touch with them.

Two or three years ago a group of 12 went in for a canyoneering adventure down through a narrow slot canyon. They checked the weather just before they headed in but unfortunately, the weather changed right after they started. All 12 of them, experienced canyoneering down-climbers, were swept away by a sudden flash flood and died.

Know before you go.

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Dave - Be safe. Stay Healthy.

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