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Old March 7th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Anyone off-road in AZ/UT deserts/canyons in Summer?


We will be traveling to Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah in July. Of course, some of it will be "off the beaten path". I am mainly concerned about the intense heat and it's effects on the vehicle and us. Some of deserts in July will be over 110*. We will also get into the canyonlands. I like being by myself and away from people, but out there, at that time of year, has it's risks.

Any advice, handy tips, etc. appreciated. I have researched the whole vehicle prep, bring lots of water, etc. I am mainly interested in avoiding any potentially dangerous "rookie" mistakes.
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Old March 12th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #2
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Used to go down that way every summer for a trip or two...

Water obviously is big, as is staying properly hydrated (drink before you're thirsty). Make sure to have a flashlight. If you get stuck/broke down somewhere far out, it can in certain cases be safer to stay put and then walk out at night when it's isn't so dangerously hot. Have a plan, and let someone know your whereabouts and when you expect to be back. If you're planning on hiking anywhere, a signaling mirror is a nice thing to carry as well as a basic survival pack. If in an open top vehicle, bring shade. You may think it's nice having the top off, but the sun glaring on you all day is a KILLER.

Again to hit on the water, my family of 3 could easily kill a 5 gal gatorade cooler per day in Moab when it was 100°+. Bring lots and lots.

And above all, enjoy it! Canyonlands is gorgeous! As is that whole part of the country
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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:01 AM   #3
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I wheeled in Moab in July - I have a photo somewhere of the thermometer inside my truck was pegged at 125F.
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