Flood Safety Due to record snowpack and high amounts of spring runoff, please be advised of potential flooding that could impact travel plans. Learn more
Michelle Craig

Updates & Safety Tips for Utah Flooding

Record snowpack and spring runoff across the state have increased the potential for flooding and debris flows in some areas. But Utah flooding isn’t just a spring concern — monsoon season (typically late summer and early fall) also brings volatile weather events. Know how to stay safe and informed during your trip.

Flood Safety Tips

Delays and Closures

Damage from snowpack run-off may require delays in opening gates, temporary road closures and delayed openings of campgrounds, trails and other recreation areas. Whether exploring the Wasatch Mountains in the north, Moab in the east or Southern Utah, visitors should check ahead with local visitor centers or ranger stations for accessibility.

Visitor Information Centers

Flood Alerts

Flood Safety Tips

  • Always check the weather forecast for the area you plan to recreate and be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Educate yourself on the terrain you are entering. And be sure to check with the local ranger station for trail conditions.
  • Do not enter a narrow or slot canyon if storms threaten. And never camp in a wash bottom.
  • If you’re hiking in a stream, be aware of rising water levels or stronger currents and sudden changes in water clarity.
  • Keep children and pets away from swollen waterways, as very cold and fast flows pose a serious drowning risk.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. 
  • Roads may become impassable, due to wet and muddy conditions. Never drive around the barriers blocking a flooded road.
  • Realize that dry washes are a result of previous flash floods.
  • Always tell someone exactly where you are going and when you will return.

See more responsible travel tips.


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