Summer in the Park: How to Stay Safe in the Heat - Message from the Anza-Borrego Foundation

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It's getting toasty out there! The setting is spectacular no matter the temperature...but it is best to be prepared when exploring Anza-Borrego Desert in summer. Here is a list of "top ten" tips too stay safe during the summer season from our friends at the Anza-Borrego Foundation. You can also always take our "insider advice....and find a nice pool with a view!

Summer always starts earlier in the desert. We saw temperatures near 100 degrees last weekend, and it doesn't look like it will be cooling back down anytime soon. Summer is when the Park becomes quieter, and nature leans on all its skills to survive the harsh season. Animals, like the Bighorn Sheep, start making their way closer to water sources, including those living in Coyote Canyon, which will be closed from June 1 to September 1 to ensure the sheep can access water uninterrupted by human activity. 

The Anza-Borrego Foundation want to share some tips to help you stay safer in the hotter weather. Although the number of visitors to the Park is much less in the summer, many come out to enjoy the desert heat. Here are our top ten tips on staying safer in the summer heat.

  1. Always research the weather before heading out. Know the temperatures at what time of the day by checking the hourly weather.
  2. Avoid heat peak times by heading outside in the early morning or late afternoon.
  3. Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated. You should always have more water than you need in case there is an emergency, and you get stuck outside longer than you expect.
  4. Always let someone know your itinerary, including where you are going and when you return.
  5. Learn to recognize heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Symptoms vary but may include headache, dry skin, high body temperature, red skin or rash, rapid pulse, dizziness, and confusion.
  6. Wear lightweight, loose, breathable, and light-colored clothing. Bonus if it has an SPF of 50 or more.
  7. Avoid dehydrating drinks such as alcohol, coffee, or tea. Supplement with electrolytes if you are sweating.
  8. Use sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat to avoid sunburn.
  9. Stay in the shade as much as possible and rest frequently.
  10. Create a backup plan. Sometimes it is too hot to be outdoors, so have a fun backup plan indoors just in case!