The fine folks over at Leave No Trace (LNT) and Grand Canyon National Park recently partnered up to give visitors some pretty good guidelines when using the trail systems in the Grand Canyon. As the trails get busier and busier, adhereing to Leave no Trace and general trail etiquette principles is more important than ever. For the full story please check out www.LNT.org
Trail Courtesy Practices That Leave No Trace
The South Kaibab, Bright Angel, and North Kaibab Trails(known as the Corridor Trails) meet at the bottom of the canyon near the only bridges that span the Colorado River. Together, they create the popular cross-canyon “Corridor”.
The Corridor Trails provide a diversity of recreational opportunities for hikers, backpackers, mule riders, and runners. With so many of us participating in a wide range of activities, it really helps when we are considerate of each other.
Being considerate of others is central to Leave No Trace.
The following guidelines build on Leave No Trace principles, help protect Grand Canyon’s plants, animals and history, and enhance everyone’s experience:
Why? Traveling with at least one other person helps ensure your safety in the event of accident or injury.
Why? Proper disposal of human waste prevents water pollution, avoids the negative implications of someone else finding it, and minimizes the possibility of spreading disease.
Why? Yielding to mules helps keep all trail users safe. When frightened, mules may act unpredictably.
Why? Uphill travelers are often fatigued and working hard to maintain their balance and pace.
Why? Slowing down and asking to pass maintains a friendly atmosphere and ensures safe passage.
Why? Storing gear along the trail attracts wildlife seeking a handout, can look like litter, and degrades the natural environment.
Why? Litter left in the canyon takes years to decompose. Packing out all of your trash helps to preserve the natural environment.
Why? Being quiet and respecting those who seek serenity helps everyone enjoy the park.