Using the backcountry for solitude, recreation, and adventure is an Arizona tradition going back hundreds of years. Everyone using the state and public lands should do their part to ensure that these lands remain available for future generations to enjoy. Many areas attract a variety of backcountry users; regardless of what mode of travel you may choose, remember that we all have a responsibility to the environment, to others, and to ourselves. Please do your part and leave the land the same as or in better condition than you found it.
Hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, and off-highway vehicle recreationists all have certain things in common such as a love of the outdoors and the use of a motor vehicle to get where they are going. Knowing how to tread lightly with your vehicle is the responsibility of all vehicle operators.
Protect Your Privilege: Prevent OHV Site Closures: Abuse it, Lose it.
Excessive complaints about OHV recreation uses such as dust, noise, and speed can force OHV site closures. OHV sites are being closed partly because of environmental damage from OHV use such as violation of clean air rules due to excessive dust from vehicles. Help prevent OHV site closures. Protect your privilege.
“Nature Rules: Stay on roads and trails.”
When you encounter wildlife in the backcountry, appreciate it, respect, and LEAVE IT ALONE. It will return the favor. Keep your camp clean; bears and other animals are attracted to smelly, messy camps.
If you observe a game law violation, OR wildlife harassment contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 1-800-352-0700.
If you observe destruction of the environment or private property while in the outdoors you may notify the proper authorities by calling the Arizona Game and Fish Department's 24-hour hotline at 1-800-VANDALS (1-800-826-3257).
Follow the TREAD Principles at all times:
Organized in 1985 by the Forest Service, Tread Lightly is now a separate non-profit organization. It is considered the nation’s signature outdoor ethics message for motorized outdoor recreation. Call 1-800-966-9900 or visit their website.
Leave No Trace (LNT) is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations. Learn more by visiting their website.
Seven Principles of Leave No Trace:
Each agency that manages public land has its own rules, regulations and laws. Before using public or state lands, check with the local land management agency office about current rules and requirements. Learn more about Call Before You Go