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Safety

Stuck Car
We hope you enjoy your visit to Desert - here are some safety tips to make sure you have a good time and make it home safely.

If you are heading beyond Corn Creek, you need a high-clearance vehicle, and four-wheel drive is suggested.  Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip - check your tires, fuel, fluids, and battery.  The most common problem people experience is flat tires – a spare is a must!
 
Cell phone reception in the refuge is extremely limited.  Don’t assume it will work – always let someone know where you will be and when you plan to return.
 
Road conditions constantly change.  Check Current Road Conditions ahead of time for updates, closures, or hazardous conditions.  
 
Flash floods can happen quickly and during any time of year, particularly during the monsoons in summer.  A rainstorm miles away can cause a flash flood through a storm-free area.  Keep to higher ground and avoid hiking and camping in washes and canyons.  Flash floods are misleading in their depth and speed - never attempt to drive through or otherwise enter flood waters! (A flash flood is what happened to the car on the top of the page.)
 
Weather here can be extreme.  Temperatures may reach upward of 120°F (50°C) in the summer, and can drop 50°F (28°C) in just 24 hours.  Dress in layers and protect yourself from the sun.
 
Carry and drink at least one gallon (4 L) of water per person per day.  Don’t count on finding water at the springs, and make sure you purify any water you do find.
 
Know your limits and be safe.
 
Refuge phone number: 702-879-6110
Non-emergency dispatch: 702-293-8999
Emergency dispatch: 702-293-8932
 
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2013
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