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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: June 14, 2017
Release No.: 2017-29
EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH, TRAILS CLOSED
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Lake Mead National Recreation Area June 17-22. Temperatures are forecast to reach 109-114 degrees.
As a reminder, Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails are closed annually May 15 through Sept. 30, due to excessive heat. Visitors caught violating the closure may be cited.
All other trails within the park remain open, but as a matter of precaution, outdoor activities should be avoided during the hottest parts of the day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is little to no shade on most trails. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
Although the lakes offer a refreshing escape from the heat, boaters should also be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen and salty snacks. Limit alcoholic and caffeinated beverages; they accelerate dehydration. Heat can also impair your ability to swim, so always wear a life jacket.
For those bringing their pets to the park, remember that the ground is very hot. Protect their paws, and provide plenty of water for them, as well. Never leave them unattended in a hot vehicle or outdoors.
To escape the heat while visiting the park, take advantage of air conditioning at the park visitor center or marina restaurants and stores.
Official Closure Notice