Arizona Warnings and Dangers
Arizona borders the Grand Canyon and is the home to historical sites such as the Tombstone cowboy city site and the mythical Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine treasure that is supposedly located in the Superstitious Mountains east of Phoenix. If you are heading to Arizona to visit, here are some warnings and dangers you should know about before you get there.
Grand Canyon Dangers
Every year someone falls into the Canyon and gets killed. There are areas of the canyon that do not have railings. If there isn’t a railing, then you put yourself at risk if you walk too close to the edge. Many of the edges of the canyon consist of dirt and gravel which can be very slippery and can give way under the weight of adults and small children.
Make sure you bring plenty of water especially during the warm months if you’re going to hike the canyon. There are also a lot of rattlesnakes and scorpions. Don’t look under rocks and stay away from anything that looks weird. At the Phantom Ranch, a Ranger used a black light to show visitors how many scorpions that are around at night in the desert – the visitors could see a scorpion every three feet or so.
Late July and early August is the rainy season. You need to be careful when hiking in the desert or walking in the cities when it rains. Heavy rains during the monsoon season can cause sudden flooding on roads and washes. Washes are like dry creek beds. Use caution when crossing dry washes in the rain and never attempt to cross a road that has been flooded.