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Contact: John Marciano, (435) 772-7848
SPRINGDALE, UT – Weather forecasts very hot days for Zion National Park and the surrounding areas through the weekend and into next week. Visitors coming to the Park need to take extra precautions due to expected extremely high temperatures this week.
Visitors are encouraged to practice “Heat Safety” while in the Park. Take your time while hiking, try to find shade, and stay hydrated – drink plenty of water. Water bottle filling stations can be found at visitor centers, the Park Museum and the Zion Lodge. Consider covering exposed skin and using protective sun screen. Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness and sunburn. Keep your pets cool and hydrated. Do not leave pressurized containers in your vehicles, such as aerosol spray cans.
“It’s that time of year when we start to see a lot of heat related injuries. With the sudden spike in temperature there hasn’t been a lot of time for visitors to get acclimated. Plan your hikes early in the morning or later in the evening and avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day. Know your limitations and please stay hydrated,” comments Daniel Fagergren, Chief Park Ranger.