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Forever Mighty

Wherever you travel in the world, you can find communities and individuals who are the local stewards of their place. For many, Utah is both their home, and their passion.

As you plan your travels, have you considered ways you can visit more thoughtfully? Traveling responsibly means planning ahead. Reading ahead. Slowing down and stopping to fully appreciate all that is around you. For some, it can mean giving back or supporting local. Becoming ambassadors of place. Coming back year after year or ensuring that others can.

This is a shared travel ethos we call Forever Mighty.

Tips To Recreate Responsibly

Visitors to public lands should be self-reliant and come prepared to recreate responsibly. 

  • Plan to pack out your trash. Trash receptacles overflow quickly during busy weekends. 
  • Proper human waste disposal is important to preserve natural areas and for public health. Come prepared with a disposable toilet system in the event restrooms are unavailable. Review the tips or watch the video.
  • Extinguish campfires completely, ensure spark arresters on off highway vehicles are working properly, and never detonate fireworks on public land. Please do not use explosive targets during recreational shooting; use is illegal in Utah. 
  • The weather can change quickly on public lands. Bring layers of clothing. If rain is in the forecast do not enter any slot canyons or areas that are prone to flooding. 
  • Travel on designated motorized routes and trails. Do not create new trails or bypasses around obstacles. 
  • Reduce your impact on dispersed camping areas by choosing existing, previously disturbed sites. Do not create new sites.
  • Let someone know your itinerary and the time you expect to return. Share a plan of action if you miss anticipated check in times. 

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