Leaving Las Vegas

Desert Dangers
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Desert travel can be spiritually invigorating, but it can also be dangerous. Any drive or hike in the Las Vegas area must be approached with caution.

  • Check on road, trail and weather conditions before heading out.
  • Fill your gas tank as often as possible.
  • Bring reliable road and trail maps.
  • Pack the 10 Essentials for each person.
  • Pack at least a gallon of water per person per day.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Be prepared for extreme weather. Avoid travel on summer afternoons, when temperatures can reach 120 degrees and thunderstorms and flash floods are most common. If caught in a rainstorm, leave low-lying areas immediately. In the mountains, temps can drop below freezing and snow and hail are possible, even in summer. If caught in a lightning storm, seek shelter among trees that are taller than you. Crouch on your pack to avoid lightning ground splash.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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