To help ensure a safe and enjoyable stay in the San Rafael area, please consider the following tips:
1. Never camp or park your vehicle in a wash or stream bed and avoid hiking in narrow canyons when rain is a possibility. A dry wash can flash flood in a matter of minutes even if you don’t see a cloud in the sky.
2. Carry at least one gallon of water per person per day. There are very few sources of potable water in the San Rafael Swell.
3. Take precautions to guard against heat exhaustion during warm weather. Avoid overexertion, drink plenty of fluids, and wear a hat.
4. Let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return. If you should break down or become lost, stay with your vehicle.
5. Exercise extreme caution when exploring around old mines. Besides the danger of being caught in a collapsing tunnel or falling into a hidden shaft, uranium mines pose an additional hazard. Heavy concentrations of radioactive radon gas are known to accumulate at the entrances to mines in this area.
6. Many roads within the Swell cross soil types that are extremely muddy after storms and during periods when snow is melting. At such times, these roads become virtually impassable. Obtain a long-range weather forecast before traveling into the area.
The Emery County Sheriff’s Department has responsibility for search and rescue actions. Call 911 in emergencies. Cell phone service is limited.