Hydration is essential to human functions, including regulating body temperature and keeping organs functioning properly. When hiking and exploring, you should drink a significant amount more water than relaxing at home because your body is working harder. During strenuous activities, especially in Southern Utah’s dry, arid climate, you will sweat more, requiring more hydration. Dehydration can come on quickly if you aren’t paying attention to your water intake, activity levels, and the weather. Don’t let dehydration stop you from experiencing Zion National Park while visiting Zion Canyon Campground. Here are our tips for staying hydrated while camping and hiking in the wilderness. 


Water Sources


When you leave your campsite, water should be at the top of your list, especially if you plan on going hiking or spending time in the sunshine. There are multiple drinking water stations to fill water bottles throughout the park, specifically around the visitor center and in the Human History Museum. It’s a good idea to pack supplies to treat or filter water if you plan on being in a remote area, particularly if you will be out there for an extended amount of time. 

The Virgin River runs through Zion National Park providing water to the wildlife in the area, but it can also be a water source if you find yourself without it. Each area in the park has sources of water that are safe to consume AFTER proper filtration or treatment. The water in Zion National Park contains bacteria that can cause severe illness if consumed without adequate treatment. According to the CDC, you should hold the water at a rolling boil for at least three minutes if sourced from any river, stream, or spring in Zion. 


Hydration Gear


Because hydration is SO important, we’ll remind you again about packing your water bottles. It would be best to pack a gallon of water per person per day in our desert climate. Be prepared with enough water and pack a little extra, just in case. You can purchase large water containers to keep in your vehicle or at your campsite to refill water bottles. Add this to your packing list. 

Plenty of water storage, filtration, and purification systems are available on the internet that you might consider adding to your hiking bag. Packing a LifeStraw is an excellent way to be prepared when you find yourself without fresh water or unable to return to your campsite. Be ready for any situation; pack extra water, find a way to filter water, and practice good habits for hydration while out and about. 


Hydration Habits


The hot climate can cause you to sweat more than in cooler temperatures, making it hard to gauge feeling thirsty. It’s important to increase your water consumption in higher temperatures. While hiking, establish a good drinking schedule. Drink water at regular intervals, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Make it a point to take a sip when taking a break or if you stop at any moment. Be sure that everyone you’re exploring with is drinking water regularly and aware of the importance of hydration. Carry additional water on longer hikes or in extremely hot weather. 


Dehydration is a major concern when exploring Zion National Park. The temperatures in Southern Utah can reach as high as 115º on a summer day. If you begin to feel dizzy, have a dry mouth, or if your urine is a dark yellow, you might be experiencing early symptoms of dehydration, indicating to increase your water intake immediately. Take a break, and evaluate your situation. If symptoms are severe, be sure to seek medical attention. Drink plenty of fluids and rehydrate with electrolytes for recovery. 



Dehydration is a significant concern in the arid desert climate of Southern Utah. Drinking plenty of fluids is the best way to ensure a safe and exciting experience while exploring Zion National Park. Pack enough water for anyone you’re bringing along for your adventure, plus some. You don’t want to find yourself without water in the wilderness. Many water storage, treatment, and filtration options are available to include in your hiking bag. Be aware of dehydration symptoms, how to stay hydrated, and where to find water in an emergency. At Zion Canyon Campground, we want to help you prepare for an exciting trip to Zion National Park. Book your stay today!