We would like to thank you for continuing to follow our series, Desert Survival Tips for Grand Canyon Travelers.

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Last week, we expounded on the fact that – even though the Grand Canyon is a place of immense beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes – it is an area that is lined with numerous obstacles. Examples include harsh climates at various regions within the national park, difficult trails, and a desert landscape.

Each year, a multitude of illnesses and injuries occur within the Canyon. If you will be traveling within the park, it is imperative that you know how to survive.

Last week, we provided details about the temperatures within the area, as well as the clothing types that should be worn. This week, we will talk about how to find water within the desert.

Finding Water in the Desert

water bottle for desert survivalIf you will be traveling to and throughout the Grand Canyon, you should know that it is imperative that you consume a minimum of a gallon of water each day. Not only will this amount help to ensure that you are properly hydrated, but, it will also aid in warding off the development of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke.

If you experience a survival situation in the Canyon, one of the worst things that you can do is sip water. Instead, it is important to make certain that you take long drinks. Any water that you have at your disposal should be drank in such a way that it hydrates all of your internal organs. Small sips of the liquid will not do this.

Now that you know how much water you need and how to drink it to ensure your survival, you need to know how to find water within the desert. Naturally, the absolute best sources for fresh water will be springs, streams, and even waterfalls.

Unfortunately, these are far, few, and in-between.

In some instances, you may find it to be impossible to find these water sources. You may stumble across a lake, but, when in the desert, lakes typically have a high level of salt. If you elect to drink from these sources, you must first learn about distilling the water.

campfireThis will remove the salt. You simply take a metal container and fill it up with the water.

Then, take large rocks and place them in a fire. Once they are hot, take the rocks and put them into the salt water until the water boils.

Then, cover the container with a cloth so that the vapor absorbs. When the cloth becomes saturated, ring it out into your mouth or into a bottle.

The water that comes from the cloth will be distilled and may be consumed.

You may also collect drinking water through dew. You may use rocks, leaves, and any other type of product to collect dew early in the morning. There are cactus plants in the desert that contain water. Unfortunately, many of these plants have a high amount of oxalic acid.

dew on leaves

There are fruits on cactus plants that also contain water. If you have an interest in learning how to use cactus plants are food and water sources, it is crucial that you obtain training from a true desert survival specialist. These specialists will know which cactus plants you may eat and drink from and may also be able to educate you on other plants that may be able to provide you with hydration while attempting to survive in the Grand Canyon.

Be sure to return next week as we will be explaining how to build a desert shelter. If you want to explore the Grand Canyon without the risk of being placed in a survival-type situation, why not opt for a Grand Canyon helicopter tour or another type of tour with a professional guide?

To learn more, visit the following link: Grand Canyon Tours

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