Eco-friendly

hiking tips

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*Leave No Trace*

Our commitment is to respect our beautiful yet fragile environment. We strongly believe that everyone, including us, can be a powerful force in creating a sustainable future. 

We like that you love it here, but love it like you live here. 

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Plan ahead and prepare

Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. Repackage food to minimize waste. Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns, or flagging. 

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Travel on durable surfaces

Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses, or snow. Concentrate use on existing trails. Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent. Disperse use to prevent the creation of trails. Avoid places where impacts are just beginning. 

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Maintain a quiet presence

You will see more mammals and birds in their natural habitats with lowered voices, whispers, and silence. A hushed voice is just more befitting of the natural environment and enables others to enjoy it, as well.

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Avoid the use of bottled water

The use of bottled water is still quite common in our nowadays society. However, it also implies the production of large amounts of plastic waste.

Therefore, to minimize plastic waste production, you should try to rely on reusable water bottles instead of bottled plastic water.

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Don’t use conventional detergents in natural creeks

When you go hiking and want to wash your hands or clothes in creeks, never use conventional detergents! Instead, you can use soap nuts. Soap nuts are fully organic and have good cleaning potential. Using soap nuts, you can save the local flora and fauna and still get pretty decent cleaning results. (You can buy in City Market)

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Carry in, carry out

It's important to bring back anything you take on the hike with you.

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Respect prohibited areas

Entering those areas would disturb the local wildlife and may destroy the breeding grounds of those animals. Instead, respect those prohibited areas and stay out of them!

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Hike in off-season if possible

Some famous hiking spots are quite crowded in the main season. Try to go hiking in the off-season rather than in the main season, by doing so, you can improve your own natural experience and also protect the local flora and fauna.

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Leash your dog

Dogs running free can frighten people, horses, and wildlife. The law requires dogs to be leashed within wilderness areas. Be sure to carry out those doggie poop bags, as well!

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Pack Out Your Poop

Due to high use, human waste is a serious health issue at dispersed camping sites. All solid waste must be packed out in approved waste bags or portable toilet systems. These may be purchased at the Moab Information Center and local outdoor retailers. Especially at this time of COVID.

For more information visit:www.gottagoutah.org/

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Raise the awareness of other hikers

Whenever you see other hikers who behave in a quite eco-unfriendly manner, try to convince those people to change their behavior.