All kids and adults should know that the Gila monster is a venomous lizard and that it is advisable to stay several feet away the lizard in an encounter. Most of the time, the Gila monster will not attack a human unless they are touching or within a few feet of the lizard.
It is also always advisable for people who are hiking to stay on the trail provided rather than venturing off into taller grassy areas where the Gila monster may be lurking. The Gila monster has skin that is camouflaged and it can be difficult to see them. In the United States, people only need to worry about the Gila monster when they are in the Chihuahuan desert, Sonoran desert or Mojave desert.