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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Each spring, thousands of keen hikers descend upon Southern Nevada in a bid to tackle the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area trails. It is an incredibly fun and picturesque walk to embark on amid the springtime climate, so it’s popularity during this season comes as no surprise.
If you’re a hiker and want to try out Red Rock Canyon, you need to bear in mind that your safety is going to be put in jeopardy the moment you embark on the trail. By failing to plan beforehand or making one wrong move while you are out hiking, you could land yourself in serious danger.
Here’s how you can stay safe while you hike the length and breadth of Red Rock Canyon:
Keep the weather forecast in mind
As you are probably already aware, even during the spring, the Southern Nevada weather can be unforgiving at times. Forget to take Mother Nature into account in this instance, then, and you will more than likely land yourself in real danger.
Most of the time during this season, the Mojave Desert climate is warm and sunny — on the odd occasion, though, the blistering heat of the Nevada summer will come early, and temperatures will sore. If the temperature is forecasted to be particularly high, it’s best to avoid hiking completely. On the other hand, if it’s supposed to be excessively windy, rainy, or stormy (which it very well can be during the springtime in Nevada), then it’s best to stay at home and wait for the bad weather to pass. There’s absolutely nothing to be gotten from you choosing to, maybe quite literally, enter the eye of the storm and tackle Red Rock Canyon when the weather is tumultuous, so check the weather forecast before you embark on your trail to ensure that it is safe for you to do so.
Hike in groups
To ensure that there’s someone there to assist should you, say, fall victim to one of Red Rock Canyon’s many uneven and cracked surfaces, you need to resolve to only ever hike in groups. There’s nothing to be gotten from you trying to tackle this trail alone, so put that ego to the side and don’t do it!
If you have no friends or family members who want to hike the Canyon with you, then make sure to keep an eye on www.escapewithpro.com. Here, you will find information on a wide range of multi-day group hikes — it’s down to you to keep tabs on the website in order for you to be the first to see when a Red Rock Canyon hiking expedition is taking place.
Do not overexert yourself
Even if you have embarked upon your hike with a group of people that are far more accomplished at walking long distances than you are, it’s essential that you do not overexert yourself. Red Rock Canyon is home to a plethora of trials, each of which varies in difficulty, so you’ll always be able to find one that suits your hiking skillset.
If you ever choose to hike across Red Rock Canyon, you have to remember that staying safe is paramount. Take the above advice, then, and make sure you finish the trail in one piece!
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV