Active Advisories & Alerts In Effect
The following information is provided to help visitors plan and prepare for their next adventure on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Kanab Field Office.
Flash Flood Public Notice:
- Buckskin Gulch, Wire Pass and Paria Canyon are experiencing severe and unpredictable flash flooding! For current Flash Flood information visit Flash Flood Information (weather.gov).
- There is an active search and rescue occurring in the canyon. Officials ask for the public’s assistance by avoiding the area to allow emergency personnel and vehicles access to assist those in distress.
- The Kane County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Land Management strongly discourage visitors from continuing hikes in the slot canyons until the danger passes.
- Due to weather forecasts for the area in the coming days, it is highly recommended that hikers continue to check weather and road conditions before hiking on BLM-managed lands. #KnowBeforeYouGo.
- Flash floods are exactly what the name suggests: floods that happen in a flash! Flash floods generally develop within 6 hours of the immediate cause. Causes of flash flooding include heavy rain, ice or debris jams, and levee or dam failure. These floods exhibit a rapid rise of water over low-lying areas. In some cases, flooding may even occur well away from where heavy rain initially fell. This is especially common in the western United States where low lying areas may be very dry one minute, and filled with rushing water from upstream the next. For more flash flood information on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and other popular areas of interest visit Printable Forecasts (weather.gov) and Flash Floods: Tread Safely | Bureau of Land Management (blm.gov). (Reference Flood Related Hazards (weather.gov)
GSENM/KFO Weather Kiosk
Get current Conditions, 5-Day Forecast, Sunrise and Sunset Information, Moonrise and Moonset Information, Current Radar, Area Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Kanab Field Office. (Courtesy of the National Weather Service Salt Lake City)
GSENM Road Report
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report is updated weekly, sooner if changing conditions warrant. For the most current road condition report, visit GSENM-Road-Condition-Report | Bureau of Land Management (blm.gov). Several roads are impassable due to winter conditions. When venturing within the Monument, we recommend always being prepared with extra fuel, food, blankets, water, etc. Thank you. We hope you enjoy your visit to GSENM!
As winter weather approaches, it is crucial to Know Before You Go this time of year.
- Carry extra food, water, and warm clothing to provide for longer travel times.
- In addition to paper maps, go digital and download all of your public lands maps on Avenza, and know where you are at all times! Cell service is NOT necessary!
- Know Before You Go: Be aware of predicted weather and road conditions of major highways that provide access to your public lands! Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and road conditions. Know the predicted weather for your route and your destination, and how it can possibly affect your travel plans.
- Always let someone know your expected travel route.
- Be prepared: Bring additional warm clothing, water, and extra food to account for unexpectedly longer travel times. Carry chains, a flashlight, and proper attire to install the chains, should the need arise.
- Additional Resources: National Weather Service Cold Weather Safety.