Bryce Canyon Lighting

Photo credit: Corey McNeil

When you see the dark clouds gathering or hear thunder in the distance, don’t ignore it. Here at Bryce Canyon, lightning has claimed the lives of four visitors in the past 23 years. Six other visitors have been seriously injured by lightning strikes.

April thru October are the months when lighting storms occur with July and August being the most active months.
Lightning is a year-round danger – especially during summer storms! If you can hear thunder, lightning is within 10 miles (16 km) and you need to seek the shelter of a building or your vehicle immediately

On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more. Although most lightning victims survive, such as Ranger Roy, a National Park Service Ranger that has the record for being zapped the most by lightning. Ranger Roy “Dooms” Sullivan was struck by lightning a total of 7 times over 40 years. He lived through every single strike. People struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

We don’t want to discourage or scare any of our visitors from enjoying one of the most beautiful and scenic settings on Earth, but being safe and using common sense is the best advice.