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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area - Tread Lightly
Tread Lightly! Principles

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!


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