Summer camping tips

SPRINGDALE (ABC 4 Utah) – With it’s gorgeous backdrop, grills for BBQ’s, and time for a ton of family bonding, there will be hundreds of campers at Zion National Park for this 4th of July weekend. Officials said the 4th of July weekend is the second busiest holiday weekend after Memorial Day.

At Zion National Park, water is available at the visitor centers, campgrounds, Zion Lodge and some of the shuttle stops. However, officials advise not to drink untreated water.

If it gets too warm, luckily there’s always the Virgin River where you can cool down.

But keep in mind, aside from the heat, monsoons are possible at Zion, especially from July to September. That also means there’s a risk of flash floods.

Ranger Ray O’Neil told ABC 4 News that, “it comes within a matter of seconds or minutes, so you don’t have a lot of time to react.”

So what should people do?

“It’s important to get to high ground and stay there till the flood waters drop – which is usually a matter of hours. If it’s a big flood, then a matter of days,” he said.

If you’re planning to visit the parks, have fun but also be prepared!
Here are some tips!


Look for campsites with healthy tree cover for the hot sun or light rain

Smaller tents provide more flexibility for placement on a specific campsite than larger ones

Look for recipes that have actually been made in a camp setting

Store your foods in tight, waterproof bags or containers

Separate raw foods from cooked foods

Never use gas stoves, heaters, lanterns or grills inside a tent or camper

Drink one gallon of water – per person – per day

Lighter, dry wood will burn faster than hardwoods

Practice fire safety with kids and make a game out of clean up

Keep a few garbage bags in your camping kit for use at the campsite

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