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Guidelines and Information

Plan Ahead

·         Know the concerns that go along with traveling in the back country. Minimize risk by planning a trip that matches your skills and expectations, and prepare for hazards and emergencies.

Trail Etiquette 

  • Stay on the trail - follow the switchbacks even if you see a more direct route.
  • Pack out your trash.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way over bikers, and both hikers and bikers must yield to horses. 
  • Do not disturb wildlife or environment along the trail. Disturbing wildlife or damaging the environment destroys the trail for everyone.

* In case of emergency dial 911 *


Be Safe

  • Always tell someone where you will be hiking and your expected return time.
  • Keep an eye to the sky; summer flash flooding can be deadly.
Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter (including toilet paper and hygiene products).  
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6-8 inches deep, and at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.  
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.  
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. 
  • Good campsites are found, not made.
Leave What You Find
  • Prehistoric and historic sites help us understand our past (collection of artifacts is against the law).
  • Please leave rocks, plants, fossils and other natural objects as you find them.   
  • Enjoy rock art by viewing it, not touching it.  
Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans or mound fires.  
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
  • Use a lightweight stove for cooking, and enjoy a candle lantern for light.  
Respect Wildlife
  • Never feed wild animals.   
  • Control pets at all times.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.