Eco Tourism Tips

Leave No Trace

Untamed Path practices the leave no trace principles that you would employ during a wilderness camping trip back home, a few of them get modified slightly to insure best practices in particular regions where we visit but this will give you an idea…

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

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessaryIn popular areas:
  • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites
  • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy
  • Keep campsites small.In pristine areas:
  • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails
  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter
  • Deposit solid human waste in cat-holes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cat-hole when finished
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater

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
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches

Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a respectful distance
  • 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

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises