WEATHER can change suddenly in the mountains. The rainy season lasts roughly July-September with thunderstorms and flash floods.. Summer Temperatures can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In winter, snow and subzero temperatures may occur.
FLASH FLOODS are possible any time of the year. If storms are pending, avoid traveling in narrow canyons. Slot canyon hiking or riding check forecast ahead of time. Remember weather may be clear skies where you are but the flash floods come from upstream miles away and may travel thru these slot canyons with no warning. NOAA's website for flash flood warnings is www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/flashflood/
ROADS if your planning on exploring many of the dirt road destinations be aware that the roads are mostly dirt, clay or gravel. Dirt surface roads are subject to flooding and impassable when wet. High clearance four wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Leave gates open or closed as you find them. Respect private property. PLAN AHEAD before going to the backcountry tell friends where your going and for how long. Start with a full tank of gas and carry extra food, water and clothing. Don't travel or hike alone. Cell Phones may not have signal. Climbing to a nearby high point may help. Carry an emergency device like Spot or In-reach. In an emergency always call 911. Garfield County Sheriff: 435-676-2678 Kane County Sheriff: 435-644-2349