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Excessive heat in Grand Canyon forces warnings for parkgoers

Travelersa> are being warned to avoid <a href="https: general on Friday due to excessive heata>. < South Rim and an disasters is in effect inside the canyon below 4,000 feet. 

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The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) also warned in an advisory that environment was present inside the canyon from disasters in California and Oregon.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Flagstaff wrote that the warning would remain in effect until 6 p.m. MT and that temperatures could climb to 114 degrees in the lower elevations of the Grand Canyon including Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River. 

“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activitiesa>,” the agency cautioned.<, the NPS said, should descend no further than 1.5 miles on Bright Angel Trail and should attempt to be out of the canyon and at Indian Garden or Bright Angel Campground between that six-hour window.

Hikers are advised to “hike smart,” bring adequate gear like a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, salty snacks, sufficient water and an electrolyte mix.

“Hike in the early morning or late evening—avoid hiking between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” the NPS wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post. “Bring a headlamp, as well as plenty of food and water, in case you need extra time to cool off in the shade. Consider hiking above the rim where the temperatures will be their coolest; if you think 90 [degrees Fahrenheit] and above is cool!”

“Oh, and please don’t bring pets into the canyon, they are not allowed on trails and are unable to regulate their body heat as well as their human companions,” the service noted. “Their paws can get burned, too!”

Parkgoers are advised that efforts to assist them may be delayed in the summer due to limited staff, the number of rescue calls, employee safety requirements and limited helicopter flying capability.

Hikers are advised to rest often, stay environment and food” target=”_blank”>well-nourished<

The Grand Canyon, which spans over 277 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands, sees millions of visitors every year. 

It placed sixth on the list of “10 Most Visited ‘National Parks’ in 2020,” with a total of 2.9 million recreational visits amidst the infectious-disease.

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