Winter Hiking Safety Tips

With the arrival of winter 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 winter days in the Mojave Desert are sunny, that doesn’t rule out the chance of wind, rain, and even snow storms during winter. Avoid outdoor activities during these storms. Red Rock Canyon’s forecast can be found here: National Weather Service

 Stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks, which can cause dehydration.

 Dress in plenty of layers.  Keep your head, ears, hands, and feet warm with hats, gloves, and wool socks. Use sunscreen and wear a hat when outdoors.

∗ Be aware of the shorter daylight hours. Early morning and mid-afternoon hikes can start or end in darkness, so wear reflective clothing and pack a flashlight.

 Learn to spot the signs of cold-related illness 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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