Leave No Trace refers to a code of conduct that minimizes the impact of outdoor recreationists on the land and wildlife. Using these techniques also leaves an area undisturbed for the next hikers or campers. These principles are encouraged, and in some cases required, in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park.
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Always carry a map, compass, food, water, rain protection, sunscreen, sunglasses, and warm clothing when hiking. Know and obey the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit. Be physically and mentally ready for your trip. Know the ability of every member of your group. Be informed of current weather conditions and other area information. Know and accept risks associated with backcountry experiences. Take responsibility for yourself and your group. Always leave an itinerary with someone at home.
Camp and Travel on Durable SurfacesWhen hiking, stick to the trail. Do not widen it or cut switchbacks. When hiking cross-country, pick a route that avoids fragile areas, such as alpine slopes or wetland habitats.
Pack it In , Pack it OutPack out everything you brought in, including cigarette butts, toilet paper, trash, and food scraps.
Properly Dispose of Human WasteBury waste in a hole 4-8 inches deep. Pick a site at least 200 ft from water, campsites, or trails. Do not leave toilet paper or feminine products behind - they must be packed out.
Leave What You FindPark regulations prohibit collection of anything, including flowers, rocks, bones, historical or archeological artifacts. Ask a ranger about the exceptions, such as berries and pinyon pine nuts.
Minimize the Use and Impact of FiresBuild small fires in preexisting fire rings or use a camp stove. The park only permits the use of dead and down wood for fires. Bristlecone Pine wood may not be burned. Fires are not permitted above 10,000 feet elevation (3,060 m).
Respect WildlifeEnjoy wildlife at a distance. Never feed wildlife. Secure food in containers. Please avoid sensitive wildlife habitats.
> More information can be found at the Leave No Trace website.