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News.bytes Extra, issue 537

America’s Great Outdoors in El Centro -- it’s HOT!

the hills look brown
View of Carrizo Gorge from Sacatone Overlook, McCain Valley.  Photo: BLM/E. Dreyfuss

With temperatures hovering around 110°F in the Imperial Valley, summer visitors need to take extra precautions while recreating on public lands.  Drinking plenty of water, wearing the appropriate clothing and applying sunscreen will make all the difference to a successful adventure. Carrying a GPS or a map, and having a charged cell phone may save you if things go south.  When planning a summer outing, give thoughtful consideration to terrain, weather conditions and personal ability – those are the first steps to being prepared when the mercury soars.

Whether travel is by foot or vehicle, any accident, mishap or breakdown will leave you in a precarious situation.  Always anticipate and prepare for a “worst case scenario” – that will help you avoid panic and help bring about a successful outcome.  Learn to recognize and treat early signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion, to stave off potentially fatal complications from heat stroke.

Too much drama for your summer fun?  Consider a visit to McCain Valley Resource Conservation Area, nestled within the Peninsular Mountain ranges of eastern San Diego County.  With elevations between 3,000 and 4,000 feet, the altitude provides cooling relief from the sweltering desert below.  Shady campgrounds, scenic overlooks, and recreation activities that include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, photography and off-highway vehicle use all add to its summer time appeal. (text continues below)

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Large oaks provide shady relief at Cottonwood Campground, located in McCain Valley.  Photo: BLM

For more information on desert safety, fire restrictions and McCain Valley, please visit the following web pages, or call the El Centro Field Office at 760-337-4400:

McCain Valley 

Desert Safety

Fire Restrictions

- Joya Szalwinski, Interpretive Park Ranger, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area/BLM El Centro Field Office (June 2012)

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Last updated: 01-22-2014