Hiking and Camping

As people who live and recreate in this exceptional Utah area, you are in a unique position to make a real difference for wildlife. What you do really does matter.

Learn to Be Wild Aware and camp responsibly. Sloppy campers and hikers don’t just endanger themselves, but also future visitors. If a wild animal receives a food reward from a human source, it can become food-conditioned. This behavior has resulted in the removal or death of many wild animals, and has also increased the risk of human injury. Do not leave food out to deliberately attract bears or other animals. It is great to see wildlife but we should not be luring them to our camp or picnic sites by leaving treats.

Clean Campsite  Clean Campsite
Photos credit to Alberta Bear Smart , Government of Alberta and Parks Canada

HikingwithpetsHiking with Pets

  • Keep pets supervised and under control
  • Dogs off leash can chase, injure or kill wildlife.
  • Do not allow dog to “play” with or chase wildlife.
  • It is against Utah law to allow dogs to harass wildlife.

Snake on the Trail?

Snakes hide well on open trails and dense grasses.

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep pet leashed.
  • Don’t let children or pets play with snakes.
  • Look carefully where you set your feet, and sit.
  • Stay on paths and cleared areas.
  • Wear closed-toed shoes while hiking.

Not for hiking!  Yes-Shoe

Hike and Camp with Safety in Mind

  • Stay alert at dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active.
  • Always hike, jog or bike with a companion and make noise to alert wildlife of your presence.
  • Keep children safe when hiking. Keep them within the group or in sight ahead of your group.
  • Avoid wearing ear buds or headphone, which can prevent you from hearing approaching wildlife.
  • Keep pets supervised and under control.
  • Stay away from animal carcasses. There could be an unseen predator guarding its prey.
  • Make noise to alert wildlife of your presence.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Do not toss food or trash along trails.
  • Secure food and trash in odor-free, bear-proof containers.
  • Keep food and strong smelling toiletries 100 yards away from your sleeping area.
  • Do not leave pet food or dishes outside.
  • Do not put trash in the fire pit and do not burn it.

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 Click Here to download a PDF of our Clean Camping flyer.
 Click Here to download a PDF of a Wild Aware Campsite Postcard.
 Click Here to download a PDF of Welcome to Wildlife Country brochure.
 Click Here to read more about camping and hiking in Bear Country.

Bear safe camping      Bear safe camping  Don’t deliberately feed bears!

Wild Aware Camp Safety

  • Keep food and strong smelling toiletries 100 yards away from your sleeping area.
  • Secure food and trash in odor-free, bear-proof containers.
  • Do not leave pet food or dishes outside.
  • Do not set out food to deliberately attract animals to your camp or picnic site.
  • Hang trash or food 10 feet above the ground and 10 feet from the truck of the tree or pole.
  • Do not put trash in the fire pit and do not burn it, doing so can carry food scents on the wind and attract wildlife back to the site.

Keep your distance from wildlife!Be Wild Aware!

Utah is home to an abundance of wildlife. It can be exciting to see wildlife, but remember to observe from a safe distance.
  • Stay at least 50 feet or more distance from wildlife. 50 feet is approximately three car lengths away.
  • Always give the animal a clear escape route.
  • Do not crowd the animal; doing so could make the animal stressed and unpredictable.