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How to Have Fun in the Desert
The desert is much more than a vast expanse of dry, hot dusty land. If you look close, there is a lotof beauty and wonder to see and experience.

Here's How:

  1. Wear layers. You want to be able to stay comfortable in the heat of the day, and inthe cold after the sun goes down.
  2. Take lots of water. If you are planning to hike throughout the day, take about agallon of water per day. Drink often.
  3. Take bug spray. The bugs can get pretty nasty, and a little protection will makeyou comfortable and enable you to enjoy the day.
  4. Choose an activity that you are in shape for. Don't try to hike 20 miles if youhaven't hiked in 10 years...
  5. If you get tired or hungry, stop and take a break. Don't push too hard. Heat exhaustion can kill.
  6. Slow down! Look at the flowers and desert plants. Try to spot lizards, snakes and birds thatlive in the desert.
  7. Check with the rangers for the area you are going to visit to see if there are anydangers you should know about.
  8. The desert areas in Utah have lots of areas to view ancient ruins. Plan a dayto go wandering and searching for some.

Tips:

  1. Try not to travel during the hottest part of the day (12:00 - 4:00 PM). Consider hikingearly in the morning and taking a siesta during the hot hours.
  2. Visit the desert during spring or fall months for the most comfortable temperatures.
  3. Springtime in the desert can be a stunning feast for the eyes with the cactusflowers in bloom.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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