During a spring break family road trip to Arizona and Utah, your correspondent was awed by the beauty of our National Parks and Recreation Areas. He was also struck by the National Park Service's of lightning protection systems on many of its public buildings and structures.
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is struck by lightning an average of 25,000 times per year. according to the National Park Service. So it makes sense that the Park Service protects its visitors and facilities by putting lightning protection systems on buildings such as these:
On the Arizona shore of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Antelope Point Marina also provides the shelter of a lightning protection system on its Visitor Center.
And at Bryce Canyon National Park, nearby in Utah, trails along the canyon rim are marked with warning signs urging visitors to “Stay in your car during lightning storms.”
We hope you enjoy your next visit to our Nation's outdoor treasures. And remember, a ranger in one of the Parks reminds us, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.”
For more blog posts about lightning protection and the National Park Service, see:
- Lightning Protection: A Capitol Idea
- Lightning Protection for Historic Buildings
- National Park Service Centennial