Dangerous Places to Camp in the US

When going on an adventure, it can be a really fun time. There are some places, though, that you’ll want to make sure you are fully prepared for any dangers that may ensue. Make sure you’re aware of what you need. Stay together. And don’t go off of the tracks or anywhere that is known to be dangerous. -It might just save your life!

Lake Mead

Dangerous Hoover Dam
Lake Mead. Source: krwg.org

Lake Mead is a beautiful place to visit. It is one of the top ten most visited parks in the country. It is also one of the most risky places to set up shop. There are a lot of accidental deaths due to drowning in the lake, the lead spokeswomen on the matter explains that people under-estimate it.

Canyonlands National Park

Dangerous Canyonlands
Canyonlands National Park. Source: discovermoab.com

This National park in Utah is where Aron Ralston famously had a close getaway when he fell, trapping his arm under a boulder. The high temperatures and spare landscape make this a dangerous place. Search parties can be searching for days before they find you. By then it may be too late…

Death Valley

Dangerous Death Valley.
Death Valley. Source: nationalparks.org

Well, duh. It’s true, Death Valley is not just a name. It may offer absolutely stunning views of the night sky, but it is not the safest spot. The main danger here are the extreme temperatures. If you get lost in this spot… Just don’t get lost in Death Valley.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Dangerous Flowing lava.
Flowing lava. Source: kids.nationalgeographic.com

This national park is home to Kilauea, an active volcano that can be visited with a guide. Just don’t risk going on your own, or you might well find yourself in a tricky situation!

Glacier National Park

Dangerous Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park. Source: nationalparks.org

There is so much to do in Glacier National Park, and a lot of it is mostly safe… Our main advice is to make sure you all stay together- people who walk off trail on their own can get themselves into trouble. The main cause of death is drowning so be careful near water. And watch out for grizzly bears!

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Dangerous Camping at Organ Pipe.
Camping at Organ Pipe. Source: tronc.com

This is the only place in America with a living Jaguar population. It is also a place reputed for danger. That’s because in the past it, drug smugglers and human traffickers escaped through to Mexico with their ‘goods’. The 31 miles of border is now watched with more security.

Maroon Bells

Dangerous Maroon Bells.
Maroon Bells. Source: Colorado.com

This beautiful mountain range is easily under-estimated. This is most dangerous for climbers as it looks like an easy climb. It isn’t. It can become difficult unexpectedly. The rocks can also break off. Ouch.

Great Smoky Mountains

Dangerous Great Smoky Mountains.
Great Smoky Mountains. Source: blueridgeheritage.com

Named the ‘place of blue smoke’ or ‘Shaconage’ in Cherokee by Native American Indians, this is one of the most popular parks to visit in the US. Here you can hike, ride horses and visit Dolly Parton’s childhood park. Just be sure to take care on the roads. And don’t get lost or leave any of your party behind – you might never see them again.

Denali National Park

Dangerous Denali National Park.
Denali National Park. Source: everything-everywhere.com

This park in Alaska is crawling with grizzly bears! If you do visit, keep away from them, naturally – and especially avoid any mamma bears as she is most likely to attack, wanting to protect her cubs. Keep all food properly packed away. And make sure you know where everyone is at all times… Stick together!

The Wave

The dangerous Wave.
The Wave. Source: charismaticplanet.com

Nicknamed ‘the devil’s playground’, the wave is one of the most photographable natural landscapes. The calcified Najavo sandstone’s wave-like design looks so good, it could be a part of a new modern architectural creation. The heat is too much for some, so make sure you’re truly prepared and know which way you’re going. The trek up there can be lethal.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Dangerous Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park. Source: myrockymountainpark.com

This park is mostly safe. But climbing up Long’s Peak is risky. Rocks may give way, and the paths are narrow enough to make navigating it difficult. Lightning strikes are also possible at this point. Maybe try another trail, instead.

Mount Rainier

Dangerous Liberty Ridge.
Liberty Ridge. Source: climbing.com

A dormant volcano that occasionally starts earthquakes is enough to deal with. Put a dangerous climb on top of that and you’re in trouble. 25% of deaths are due to Liberty Ridge and those who risk climbing it. Prepare for the freezing cold temperatures at the top that can cause hypothermia if you’re not careful.

Yosemite National Park

Dangerous Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park. Source: ngtnews.com

It’s not the best idea to try and climb the half-dome, because it may be an easy climb; but there have been several deaths there in more recent years. In other words; maybe stick with a safer guided tour, instead?

The Bright Angel Trail

Dangerous Bright angel trail.
Hiking up Bright angel trail. Source: bearfoottheory.com

This trail goes right through the Grand Canyon. One of the most stunning views. For some, it isn’t worth it! Hikers are at real danger of dehydration or heart attacks on this trail. The scorching summer temperatures make this a dangerous spot to visit.

North Cascades National Park can be dangerous

Dangerous Diablo Lake.
Diablo Lake. Source: myrockymountainpark.com

The views here are stunning. However, it will likely be a challenge to reach the summit as avalanches are highly probable, especially in June. This means that accidents often happen while visitors are trying to reach the top. Be careful once you get there, the snow might be loose!

Other things that you may like: