Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area - Tread Lightly
1. Travel Responsibly
- Please drive on designated roads only when traveling within Red Rock Canyon.
- Minimize wheel spin.
- Drive over, not around obstacles in the roadway to avoid widening the routes.
- Slow down when sight lines are poor. Speed limits are 25 MPH on all designated roads within Red Rock Canyon, unless posted.
- Comply with all signs and respect barriers.
- Buddy up and let others know where you will be going.
- Keep an ear open to communicate with other recreationists. Limit the use of headphones.
2. Respect the Rights of Others
- Be considerate of others on the road.
- Leave gates as you find them or as they are marked.
- If crossing private property, be sure to get permission from the landowner(s).
- Yield the right of way to those passing you or traveling uphill. Motorized vehicles should yield to mountain bikers, hikers and horses.
- Proceed with caution around horses and pack animals after you have gotten permission from the riders.
- When encountering horses on the road, move to the side of the road, stop, turn off your engine, remove your helmet (if wearing one) and speak – you want the horse to know you are human.
- Do not ride around camping, picnicking, trailhead or residential areas unnecessarily and keep speeds low.
- Keep noise and dust down.
3. Educate Yourself
- Obtain a motor vehicle use map where appropriate of your destination and determine which areas are open for your use.
- Make a realistic plan and stick to it. ALWAYS tell someone of your travel plans.
- Contact the land manager for area and seasonal restrictions, closures and permit requirements.
- Check the weather forecast BEFORE your go.
- Prepare for the unexpected with first aid, water and appropriate gear.
- Wear a helmet, eye protection and other safety gear. Check your destinations state vehicle requirements.
- Take a class for your type of activity which provides Tread Lightly information and experience.
- Make sure your gear is in shape and that you have tools and supplies should there be a need for repairs.
4. Avoid Sensitive Areas
- Be aware of seasonal nesting and breeding areas.
- Do not disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites.
- Avoid “spooking” wildlife you encounter and keep your distance. This includes Desert Tortoise. Allow them to cross roads on their own. Look under vehicles before you leave a Desert Tortoise habitat as they like to seek shade under vehicles.
- Motorized and mechanized vehicles are NOT allowed in designated Wilderness Areas. This includes bikes.
5. Do Your Part
- Carry a trash bag with your vehicle and pick up litter left by others.
- Pack out what you pack in.
- Practice minimum impact camping by using established sites, camping 200 feet from water and trails.
- Observe proper sanitary waste disposal or pack your human waste out.
- Spark arrestors are required on all OHVs traveling on public lands.
- Prevent unnecessary noise created by poorly tuned vehicles or revving your engine unnecessarily.
- Before and after a ride, wash your vehicle, shoes, and/or stock to reduce the spread of invasive, fire prone species.
- Build a trail community and VOLUNTEER with your local land agency!