What to Pack & What to Expect
- Dress for the weather. Weather can vary dramatically with extremes in temperatures and local weather conditions. Be prepared for outdoor time under a broad range of conditions. Check current weather conditions by viewing the park's daily report.
- Carry water! Bring water bottles when hiking and encourage students to drink frequently.
- Bring a first aid kit. Safety and health are of primary concern. A good first aid kit is required. Include a blister kit and tweezers for removing cactus spines. Establish a system for students to bring and take any prescription medication that they might need.
- Bring essentials. Everyone should bring a hat and sunscreen to protect from the sun’s strong rays and a flashlight for nighttime around camp.
- Recognize desert hazards. Be aware of dangers like loose rocks, cactus spines, insects, and reptiles. Remember that all objects in a national park are protected by law and should not be disturbed or damaged.
- Swimming is not recommended. The Rio Grande may look inviting, but strong currents, high pollution levels, and objects hidden under the water make swimming a dangerous prospect.