Human Waste & Trash

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Human Waste

Please use the toilets located near most crags. If you can't, follow these guidelines:

  • Urinate on rocks, not plants, because animals will defoliate plants and dig up soil to get to the salt deposited with your urine.
  • Please use a wag bag and pack out any human excrement. Alternatively, you may bury it at least 6 inches deep and at least 200 feet away from water, backcountry campsites, rock shelters, and climbing/bouldering routes. Do not leave it under a rock or simply kick sand over it. Pack out your toilet paper. Animals may dig it up and toilet paper breaks down very slowly in the desert.

Trash: Pack it out, even if it isn't yours.

It's easy to carry an extra bag for trash. A quick visual sweep of an area is a good way to ensure that you are not forgetting anything.

It can take up to 18 years for a cigarette to decompose in the desert. Orange peels, apple cores, pistachio shells, tape, fruit stickers, and the sock you sacrificed are all trash.

Last updated: March 3, 2024

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