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Lighting Protection Systems at Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and Bryce Canyon

National Parks in Arizona and Utah

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.

Lightning strike at Grand Canyon

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:

Shuttle Stop at Grand Canyon National ParkShuttle stops.

Visitor Center at Grand Canyon National ParkVisitor center.

Historic stone masonry building at Grand CanyonHistoric buildings.

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.

Antelope Point Marina, Glen Canyon

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.”

Warning Sign at Bryce Canyon National Park

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:

Photo Credits: Lighting over Grand Canyon by National Park Service/M. Quinn. Others copyright East Coast Lightning Equipment, Inc.

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