by: Editor on 6/14/2014
In the summer is when we see an influx of visitors and hikers all headed out to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Sedona. While there is plenty of enjoyment in hiking during this time of the year, there are also many dangers as well.
The summer sun (and heat) in Arizona can be very intense. It is always best to take precautions before heading out on a trail, even if your intentions are for a short, brief hike. Always let someone know where you are going, what time you are going to return and what route you are taking. We take safety very seriously so feel free to stop by the front desk and leave this information with our staff. Check trail maps when planning your hike. Be familiar with the trail you are planning to take and choose only trails that fit your skill level. Take a backpack with you with trail maps and other essentials.
In this summer heat, you can never have enough water. Fill up on water and non-alcoholic/ carbonated fluids the day before and the night before your hike. Pack plenty of water to take with you and drink it throughout the day even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration while on the trail can be extremely dangerous and lead to other problems.
First aid kits may seem a little silly even if you think your hike is going to be short. Never underestimate the dangers of the desert. First aid kids can be small and light so be safe and throw one in your backpack. You may be grateful you did.
The heat is dangers but so is the sun. Hours of hiking in the sun can leave you in pain with sunburns and blisters. Lather up with sunscreen before heading out. Hats are great to have even with sunscreen on. Sweat and normal activity can cause sunscreen to rub off so take it with you and apply it throughout the day.