Hiking in Southern Utah Tips

If you are on a hike, always remember to take with you great memories and photos that will last for a lifetime and leave everything what you find behind. There are so many wonderful things to see and hike to, that was our conclusion last time we stayed in a motel in St. George Utah, so that we could hike in Zion. Truly what a wonderful place to visit and hike to.

Zion Mists

Photo Credit: John Fowler

Below are some of the most useful tips to guide your hiking trip remarkably:

  1. Have early plans and preparations. Consider the area and weather condition when planning to go for a hike. Take preparations such as keeping a small group to minimize impacts and the use of high times for trails should be avoided. Likewise, staying away from shortcuts and walking in one file will prevent the trail and surrounding ecosystems from being harmed.
  2. Travel and find durable surfaces to camp. Resilient grounds such as surfaces with a combination of rock, gravel, sand, dry grass or snow are tough which could hold heavy activities. To avoid widening the trail, walk through puddles or mud.
  3. Proper waste disposal. A good practice in hiking is that you need to pack in what you have packed out to avoid loitering of waste such as food wrappers and other biodegradable trash like banana peelings and the like. “Negative trace’ is likewise a good practice which you have to pick up the rubbish left unattended by others. Catholes should be used to dispose human waste and dug 6-8 inches in soil for an approximate 200 feet distant from any water source. Hygiene products and sanitary papers should be packed out.
  4. Value wildlife. Allow wildlife to live the way they used to be. Remember never to feed them with human food because this act could upset their natural foraging habits. Keep distance away from them and never try to approach them. Pets should be controlled in natural areas and keep them restrained at all times.
  5. Lessen the impacts of campfire. If possible use small camping stoves which are efficient for cooking and will not leave any trace on the site. Allow a small camp fire or if probable go without it. Also, burn only a small diameter of wood on the ground and be aware of fire danger level in the area. Fallen or live trees by no means should be damaged. Ensure that campfire is totally smothered before leaving the campsite.
  6. Do not take what you find. Everything on the hiking site should be for your eyes only and leave it behind. Do not take what you find and let them stay belonged in the wilderness. Prevent yourself from disrupting historic or cultural artifacts, picking plants or moving rocks.
  7. Feel considerate to fellow tourists. Value the rights of other trail users. Show them respect by not making voices or noises intrusively loud. Observe proper trail rules such as right of way. Position your campsites away from trails. Attracting visual impacts should also be minimized by wearing earth colors such as black, brown, tan or green.

With all the useful information above, enjoy the wonders of the outdoors but keep in mind to keep them reserved for the future generation to enjoy as well.