“People are responsible for their own safety,” National Park spokesperson Abby Wines told CNN. She was referring to this summer’s killer heat at Death Valley and elsewhere, but ultimately, this is true for every traveler. As the security experts at Global Guardian noted in a Forbes story on the world’s most dangerous countries, “When in doubt, don’t go.” Or if you’re hiking in a hot climate, go early, go hydrated, or don’t go.
Unfortunately, common sense isn’t always so common. Summer is when most people travel, especially those with work or school schedules. More than 300 million people visit US national parks each year, and visitation is
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