The Utah Desert: Hot, Hot, Hot

Yikes–I just got an email from someone I know who is canyon guiding in Utah, and he said that the temperature was 101°F. I love the desert landscape of Southeastern Utah, but I can’t complain about the mild mountain temperatures here in Chamonix, France–cool evenings, sunny mornings.

With temperatures spiking into the triple digits, the Utah desert can be a pretty dangerous playground for those who aren’t expecting its particular climate challenges. Beyond high daytime temperatures, it can also get very cool at night. It’s important to stay hydrated and to carry emergency gear to self-support in remote areas. Flash floods can also be dangerous, as summer thunderstorms can quickly oversaturate the dry land.

Despite the dangers, I think Southeastern Utah is one of the most beautiful and fascinating places to pass time. Here’s a bit of evidence to support that claim. First of all…sunrise in Arches National Park:

Cartwheeling on top of Castleton Tower:

Big sky in Canyonlands National Park, near Salt Creek:

Evening sun at Indian Creek:

Sunset at Bridger Jack Mesa, Indian Creek:

What to know more about desert hazards and desert survival tips?
Read this article that I wrote on the About.com Survival Skills site:
“Desert Survival in Utah’s Canyon Country”
Knowing these desert hazards and desert survival tactics will help you stay safe in Utah’s high desert canyon country and other desert landscapes.

Photos © Traci J. Macnamara.

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