Arizona is easily a dangerous place. Stop paying attention for a few minutes or go somewhere without a plan and you can quickly find yourself in trouble. Today we’re going to take a look at some areas where you should practice constant vigilance. Let’s start with some broad places before getting into specific spots.
1. Nearly any hiking trail in summer
Extreme temperatures combined with intense sunlight and not enough hydration quickly spells out disaster. If you want to go hiking, be sure to hydrate before, during, and after your excursion; get an early start on your hike; and, perhaps most importantly, let others know about your planned trip so that if you do encounter trouble, at least someone knows where to find you.
2. Mountain lion country
Bears are pretty scary but if there’s any predatory Arizona animal that gives me the heebie jeebies, its mountain lions. You know how your little house kitty has a tendency to quietly stalk and ambush you from behind? Mountain lions do the same thing to prey animals, except with much more deadly consequences. It’s rare but they have been known to attack humans as well. While out in mountain lion country (which is, frankly, most of Arizona), keep
these tips in mind
3. Slot canyons
These beautiful areas were carved with flowing water and that is exactly what makes these areas dangerous. The canyons can quickly become death traps after the snow melt and rainstorms.
4. Bright Angel Trail
This impressive trail in the Grand Canyon is also one of the most notorious trails in the state for both its beautiful views and potentially dangerous environment. People tend to encounter difficulties when they attempt to hike the entire trail in one day or don’t carry enough water.
5. Echo Canyon Trail
Over the years, Echo Canyon trail has gained a reputation as being more challenging than most people expect. Many times, this comes from inexperienced hikers or out-of-staters who don’t pay attention to their surroundings, getting injured, or not being properly hydrated.
6. Superstition Mountains
The rugged terrain in the Superstition Mountains holds not only the alluring fable of hidden treasures but also plenty of opportunities to encounter trouble. In the last 15 years, there have been quite a few people who required rescue teams but at least 9 died when hiking the mountains.
7. Flood areas, especially flash flood zones.
Dips in the road and crossings through rivers and washes create dangerous situations when water from rainstorms flows through. Don’t attempt driving through these areas!
8. Apache Trail
This well-known stretch of road can seem pretty scary, especially for people who are not used to traveling these kinds of roads. It has improved over the years but some parts are still dirt, lanes are thin in other areas, and you can’t always count on an effective guard rail to protect you from the edge. It still is a beautiful ride but be careful if you do travel this road!
9. Sitgreaves Pass
Another stretch of highway with winding, scenic roads, this is a part of the old Route 66 that had plenty of travelers driving with white knuckles. Hairpin turns, narrow lanes, and questionable road conditions in some areas. Keep your eyes open when driving this road!
10. I-10 Highway
article in Popular Mechanics
named this stretch of highway the most dangerous in the country since it results in 85 deaths each year. Yikes!