Leave No Trace
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.
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.
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.
Did You Know?
Skinks and many other lizards have the ability to rejuvenate their tails. The bright coloration of the tail in some species attracts predators to the break-away appendage, aiding in escape.