*This list is not exhaustive. It does not cover all risks and/or hazards.
Our goal is a safe, exciting and beautiful hiking experience for our guests. Awareness of local environmental hazards is the first step in our safety plan.
Cliff Ledges- You may come across several cliff ledges, the rocks on the edge may be unstable, listen closely to your guides instructions.
Falling / Loose rocks- Since erosion is constantly working around us you may come across unstable surfaces where rocks may be loose. Step with caution. Also watch for loose rocks that may become dislodged and strike another person. Trees- Be aware that dead trees can fall or break at any time. Also watch for branches and wear eye protection where appropriate.
Hot Weather- Heat injuries pose a serious threat to the desert traveler in summer desert hikes. Take your time and drink lots of water. A slow and steady pace is the key to successful wilderness exploration. Notify your guide if you feel dizzy, nauseous or “out of place”. Often a little food and water will alleviate the symptoms. Remember, we are not in a hurry!
Strenuous Activity- Activities that we are participating in today may be strenuous. Stretching and warming up the muscles will ensure better flexibility; reduce soreness and the possibility of injury. We recommend light stretching during the numerous breaks through out the excursion.
Wild Animals- You may encounter wild animals; most will be small & harmless. It’s best to let them be and watch them from a distance. If we do come across a large animal your guide will give instructions depending on the situation.
Uneven Ground- Watch your feet! The ground may be uneven, rocky & loose. It can be tough on the ankles. A sprained ankle in the back-country can turn a fun day into a long & painful one! Take your time! No jumping.
Flash Floods- We must do our best to return safely. Flash flooding can and will cause injury or death. Because of the desert landscape water can gather quickly, move rapidly and travel many miles. We do our best to protect our guests from “foul weather”, but it still can happen. If weather does become threatening follow all instructions from your guide Report any weather observations you make. Also, lightning is a serious risk, relax and follow all instructions.
Snakes- Poisonous snakes inhabit this country. Watch hand and foot placement! Remain calm and your guide will deal with our friend. Do not injure yourself avoiding the reptile.
Safety comes first. Please be aware of these hazards, as well as others. We must respect the power of the rugged environment we will be visiting.
125 East Main Street
P.O. Box 605
Escalante, UT, 84726