With the arrival of spring in Southern Nevada, visitors to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area should keep the following seasonal safety tips in mind:
∗ Be aware of the forecast. While most spring days in the Mojave Desert are sunny and warm, that doesn’t rule out the chance of wind, rain, and even hail storms during spring. Avoid outdoor activities during these storms. Red Rock Canyon’s forecast can be found here: National Weather Service
∗ Stay hydrated & bring plenty of water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks, which can cause dehydration.
∗ Dress in plenty of layers. Dress warm for early morning starts but be layered so you can peel of clothing as the day warms up. Use sunscreen and wear a hat when outdoors.
∗ Do not over challenge yourself. There are plenty of trails at Red Rock Canyon for everyone’s experience and skill level. There is no shame in turning around if the trail is too strenuous or you are not properly prepared – your friends and family will thank you.
∗ Be prepared. Wear good hiking shoes or athletic shoes, long pants, and long sleeves to protect you from prickly vegetation and sun exposure. Bring with you a first-aid kit, snacks, and an extra layer.
* Hike in pairs. Use the buddy system when hiking. If hiking alone, make sure to communicate to someone prior to your trip where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
* Respect wildlife. Spring is a good time to see birds, deer, burros, lizards, and snakes. If you come across any wildlife, please give it plenty of space, avoid feeding or touching it, and control your dog by keeping it on a short leash.
∗ Learn to spot the signs of cold and heat-related illnesses and take prompt action in seeking emergency medical attention.
Have a safe and enjoyable Red Rock Canyon experience! For more information about visiting Red Rock Canyon, please call (702) 515-5367.
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