This picture was taken by one of our own in house photographers Corey McNeil. He caught one of the best images of a storm in Bryce Canyon that I’ve ever seen.
Every year, number of hikers and mountain climbers suffer injuries or even death due to accidents caused by storms at places like Bryce Canyon. That is why it is important that you know what to do if ever you’re caught in a storm while hiking here (or elsewhere for that matter). Here are the 6 tips that can just possibly save your life:
Tip 1 – Know When the Storms are Coming
The number of storms are high from the months of June to September. From the start, you should know whether a storm will be approaching where you’re going to be, so that you will know if you will continue with your trip or not. If you’re going to be at the bottom of the Navajo Loop in Bryce, and a monsoon’s coming then you might want to switch up things a bit.
Tip 2 – Watch the Sky
If you are already hiking, you should be aware of the changes in the weather. You should pay attention to your surroundings from time to time. If the clouds are thick and dark, then you might want to think about continuing with the hike, going back, or finding some shelter.
Tip 3 – Be Careful with Lightning
You should pay particular attention to the metal objects that you have with you like utensils and hooks. These objects can easily attract lightning so make sure that they are properly wrapped with non-conductive materials.
Tip 4 – Be Aware of Potential Flash Flooding
This isn’t a huge problem in Bryce, but if you’re elsewhere in a slot canyon be very away of the water level and the threat of flash flooding. Recently a hiked was killed in the Narrows in Zion National Park, so the threat is very real.
Tip 5 – Get to Safety Quickly
As much as you can, head back to the safety of the camp ground at the earliest opportunity when you feel that a storm will be approaching. And be sure to find the shortest and the safest way back.
Tip 6 – Watch Where You’re Walking
Keep your distance on the edges of a plateau as those areas that are prone to landsliding. Also, avoid staying near walls of rocks. Rocks may fall during thunderstorms. This can be a problem in Bryce during storms, when the rain comes rocks can come down.
Hiking in Bryce Canyon is a wonderful experience, but can be spoiled by a storm if you are unprepared for it. A rainy day in Bryce can prove to be a refreshing trip, but not if you’re stuck at the bottom of the canyon trying to get to shelter, so just be aware and prepared.