Leave No Trace™ Principles at Red Mountain
By John Ibach, Director of Outdoor Recreation
At Red Mountain Resort we take great pride in the good relationship we have with public land managers and the fact that we welcome thousands of visitors to our beautiful corner of Utah for hiking, biking, climbing and water sports each year. Because of the beauty and fragile nature of the desert we live in, our constant goal is to leave as little footprint as possible. We do this in part by adhering to the Leave No Trace principles. Because we use the principles listed below we are able to travel thousands of miles of trails each year while leaving a minimal impact on fragile environments and other peoples’ experiences.
Leave No Trace Principles
Plan Ahead & Prepare
- Adequate trip planning and preparation helps backcountry travelers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably, while simultaneously minimizing damage to the land.
- Travel on durable surfaces.
- Concentrate use on existing trails.
- Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
- Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
Leave What You Find
- Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
- Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
- Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
- Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
- Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
- Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
- Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
- Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
- Take breaks away from other visitors.
- Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.