Hiking Accident Prevention: Learn The Risks of Slot Canyon Flash Floods
Monsoon Season Brings Sudden Flooding
SLOT CANYONS are funnel-shaped rock formations, found in the American southwest. They are wide at the top, and narrow at the bottom. Slot canyon formation is caused by water rushing through sandstone or limestone rock. Southern Utah has the most slot canyons in the world.
SLOT CANYON FLASH FLOODS are often caused by storms miles away. Slot canyon flash floods are dangerous, and can be life threatening.
During a flash flood, the water level rises quickly, within minutes, or seconds. A flash flood can rush down a canyon in a wall of water 12 feet high or more.
Hikers should check the National Weather Service, for an up-to-date report, before entering a slot canyon. If bad weather is predicted, entering a slot canyon is dangerous, and may result in your death.
O N L I N E N E W S S O U R C E S
NPS.gov (National Park Service) – Zion National Park Utah: The Narrows Safety
NPS.gov (National Park Service) – Monsoon Season
MyUtahParks.com – Be Aware of Flash Flood Dangers In Utah’s Canyons, By Carly Everett – 6/19/19
Blogs.Scientific American.com – Instant Peril: Flash Floods and How To Survive Them. Flash Floods Kill People Worldwide Find Out How To Survive, By Dana Hunter – 12/28/16
LATimes.com/Associated Press – Report: Hikers Were Warned Before Flood, 9/30/97
CNN.com – 7 Dead In Zion National Park Flash Flood, By Ralph Ellis – 9/17/15
OutsideOnline.com – Special Report: The Keyhole 7, By Grayson Schaffer – 5/24/16
ChicagoTributne.com – Utah Floods That Killed 19 Show Dangers Of Popular Desert Canyons, By Tribune Wire Reports – 9/17/15
Weather.gov (US National Weather Service) – Floods
OutsideOnline.com – Surviving A Flash Flood In A Slot Canyon, By Joe Spring – 9/11/13
Backpacker.com – The Manual: How To Explore A Slot Canyon, By Kristin Bjornsen and Rebecca Kane – 2/14/17
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Posted on July 13, 2021, in Hiking Accidents and Fatalities, Hiking Safety, national parks and tagged flash flood, Hiking Accident Prevention, hiking fatalities, Hiking Safety, preventive search and rescue, slot canyon flash flood, Zion National Park flash floods. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.