Safety

The staff of Rainbow Bridge National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area want you to have an enjoyable and relaxing time while visiting the park. We also want you to be safe and to treat the resources here with care, so that future generations may enjoy them as well.

 
Four hikers with proper gear and footwear on trail near Rainbow Bridge
Stay smart in the heat. Wear sun protection and take breaks in the shade.

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Desert Safety

The desert can be a harsh and unforgiving environment, especially if you are not accustomed to it. Make sure to drink plenty of water, at least a gallon per person per day (soda, alcohol, coffee and tea don't count). Also make sure you eat during the day to help electrolyte replacement. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and light comfortable clothing. Use sunscreen. Curtail strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day.

 
Ranger stands above pile of rubble
Rainbow Bridge showcases the power of water. We must respond to trail wash outs.

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Flash Floods

Flash Floods are the artists who carve the intricate curves of slot canyons. They are also the assassins of anyone who may be in their paths. Do not enter a slot canyon if rain has been forecast. Even if the skies above you are clear, a storm hundreds of miles away may have triggered a flash flood in your area.

View a video on flash flood safety.

 
Four adults wearing colorful life jackets stand on courtesy dock
A lifejacket is the best fashion statement on this catwalk

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Lifejackets

Personal flotation devices (PFDs), or lifejackets, save lives. Boaters are required to carry a PFD of proper size for every passenger in the boat. Children 12 years of age and younger must wear a Type I, II, or III U. S. Coast Guard approved PFD when the boat is underway. It is recommended that children always wear a PFD when they around water, even if they are not on a boat.

 
Ranger chats with boaters moored at the courtesy dock
Ensure you have all the required safety equipment on your vessel.

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Boating Regulations

Stay aware of your surroundings when you are on the water. Be aware of wakes and waves that bounce back and forth between canyon walls. Slow down when passing boats. Look at the size of the wake, not the size of the boat. Depending on hull design, even relatively smaller boats can produce serious wakes. Approach large wakes at a 45-degree angle.

All boaters must know and follow applicable state & federal boating requirements, as well as carry all required equipment on their vessels. Please check Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Boating page for more informationor or visit the U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Resource Center. Additional information is available from the states of Arizona and Utah.

 
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Cliff Jumping
It is prohibited for any person to jump or dive off of rock cliffs, ledges, or man-made structures (excluding vessels).The NPS does not advocate or promote the activity of cliff jumping or diving regardless of the height from the water surface. For the purpose of this restriction cliff, ledge, or man-made structure is defined to mean any formation of rock or soil, or structure, or combination thereof having a height of 15’ or more from the surface of the water.

 
do not swim near docks icon overlaid on photo of houseboats in marina
Electricity and water do not mix!

Do Not Swim at Marinas

Don't swim in marinas. Electrical faults from vessels can electrocute swimmers. Boat traffic and propeller strikes can maim or kill. Read more about the dangers of electric shock drowning.

 
Back of houseboat at waterline highlighted with red circle and labeled Death Zone
On some houseboats, carbon monoxide can collect under the swim platform.

Carbon Monoxide

The National Park Service continues to stress the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and boats. This odorless, tasteless gas can kill you. The gas replaces the oxygen in your lungs and if you do not receive oxygen soon, the damage may be fatal. While past emphasis has been on houseboats, studies show that all boats can collect dangerous levels of CO. Any time generators and/or engines are running, CO is produced. Do not allow passengers to congregate around engines or the backs of boats when engines or generators are running. This is especially important when you may enclose the boat for warmth. In boats that vent CO out the back, this deadly gas can collect under the swim step and spaces under the boat. The CO remains there long after engines and generators have been shut down. Don't play or swim under the swim step or under the boat. Use carbon monoxide detectors. Always be aware of the dangers of CO around your boat.

Last updated: March 9, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

c/o Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
PO Box 1507
691 Scenic View Dr

Page, AZ 86040

Phone:

(928) 608-6200
Receptionist at headquarters of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Office hours are weekdays 7am - 4pm MST.

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