Officials urge national park visitors to be cautious of potential flash flooding

Aug 18, 2023, 8:00 PM | Updated: Aug 19, 2023, 10:21 am

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Officials are urging people looking to travel to any of Utah's national parks to be extra careful in light of possible flash flooding. "The Subway," a slot canyon in Zion National Park, gets its name from its tunnel-shaped chamber, water tumbles through a narrow crack in the rocks. (Ed Timms/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

(Ed Timms/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah — Officials are urging people looking to travel to any of Utah’s national parks to be extra careful in light of possible flash flooding this weekend.

While all parks have the potential for flash flooding, the National Weather Service says it’s expected in Zion National Park.

Park spokesperson Jonathan Shafer said this means if there’s rain expected, you may have to skip popular areas like the Narrows.

“If you find yourself in an area where flash flooding is happening, seek high ground,” Shafer said. “But, the most important thing you can do is avoid putting yourself in that situation at all. Don’t put yourself or rescuers at risk.”

People visiting the park this weekend should check the forecast before heading out.

“Especially during monsoon season, it is essential to check the forecast before starting on any hikes anywhere in the park,” Shafer said. “Knowing of the potential for flooding and not entering narrow canyons if the conditions aren’t right is the best thing you can do.”

Park visitors should avoid any dry washes or slot canyons if rain is expected.

“Remember, your safety is your responsibility,” Shafer said.

Devin Oldroyd contributed to this story.

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Officials urge national park visitors to be cautious of potential flash flooding