With Fourth of July just around the corner learn how you can recreate responsibly while enjoying summer activities with your family in Little Cottonwood Canyon!
Written by our Communications Manager, Ellie Harrigan.
The sounds of skiers whooping and laughing gleefully as they glide across the snow-filled mountains has given way to the chirping of birds and roaring creeks in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The warmer temperatures have rapidly melted the snow at Alta, revealing grassy mountainsides scattered with boulders, lush vegetation, and a lively scene of wildlife. With increased popularity it becomes the responsibility of us all who recreate in the mountains to help protect Alta's fragile sub-alpine environment.
The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it is important we each do our part to act as stewards of the land. Below are a few educational tips on how to recreate responsibly in order to keep Alta a vibrant and pristine landscape for us to enjoy now, and for the future generations to come.
Protect the Watershed
No dogs or horses are allowed in Little Cottonwood Canyon
Swimming in bodies of water is prohibited in Little Cottonwood Canyon
Do not wash clothing or dishes in Alta's streams or lakes
Any campsites in Alta's backcountry must be 200 feet from water and a half-mile away from any road
Use the public restrooms that are provided at Alta
Stay on Designated Trails
Bikers yield to hikers
Don't go off trail when taking pictures, or to pick wildflowers
Don't remove any resources from the land
Carefully read and respect all trail signs and trail closures
Leave no Trace, pack and carry-out your trash
Respect wildlife- be mindful of their habitat and do not approach them
Do not have backcountry campfires if posted "closed" from the Forest Service
Research seasonal fire restrictions
If campfires are allowed use existing fire rings, keep them small, never leave unattended, and make sure it is cold to the touch to ensure the fire is completely out
Fireworks are not allowed on US Forest Service Land, BLM Land, or in National Parks
If you see a wildfire call 911 to report it
Have fun this coming Fourth of July and please be sure to recreate responsibly to keep Alta and Little Cottonwood Canyon a pristine place to enjoy now- and for future generations!
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