Are you prepared?
Traveling responsibly means planning ahead. Reading ahead. Slowing down when possible and stopping to fully appreciate all that is around you.
Before traveling, we ask you to consider:
Am I familiar with Leave No Trace principles?
Does this activity put me at risk for potential rescue, straining local resources?
Am I doing what I can to avoid crowded locations?
Have I prepared for limited services in remote areas, and taken into account the abilities of others in my group?
Are there ways I can make a positive impact on the communities I plan to visit?
We're Here to Help
How to Backcountry Camp Responsibly
Four tips on how to camp more thoughtfully and responsibly in Utah's backcountry.
How to Camp on Utah’s BLM Lands
Read these insights and tips gathered from a novice’s first-ever camping trip on BLM and public lands to gain the confidence you need to recreate happily and respectfully on Utah’s public lands.
How to Canyoneer Safely
Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned canyoneer, here are six expert tips for your next canyoneering adventure.
How to Instagram Responsibly
Explore Utah and be our best influencer by capturing incomparable and lasting memories safely and responsibly.
How to Mountain Bike with Care
Mountain biking is one of Utah’s most popular activities enjoyed by riders of all ages and skill levels. Be able to fly down that flow trail by, first, understanding and respecting the rules of the ride.
How to Off-Road Responsibly
With the right off-road vehicle, you can take in much of Utah's scenery not accessible to cars and RVs.
How to Poop in the Outdoors
Before heading off on that multi-day backpack, river or rock climbing trip, set aside your squeamishness and think about a responsible plan for when nature inevitably calls.
How to Prevent Fires
Whether traveling or recreating, everyone in Utah should take wildfire prevention seriously. Right now, small but mighty actions make all the difference.
How To Stay Safe in the Outdoors
Know how to stay safe and informed during your Utah trip and who is helping when you get into trouble.
How to Support Local
Supporting local communities during your travels can have a profound impact. Stock up with groceries locally, stop in an artisan shop or eat at a restaurant in addition to campfire meals. Now more than ever, these small businesses need support from travelers near and far.
How to Visit Arches
Arches National Park is a red rock paradise — and also a very popular destination. Discover tips for how to visit responsibly and maximize your enjoyment.
How to Visit Rock Imagery Sites Like an Archaeologist
There are untold thousands of rock imagery sites across Utah, and hundreds of thousands of archaeological sites of every stripe. Learn how to explore these sites with the respect and deference they deserve.
How to Visit Utah’s Most-Visited Forest
The Wasatch Front mountain range offers endless amounts of recreational activity. Learning how to visit responsibly will enhance your overall experience.
How to Visit Utah's National Parks
Get the most out of a visit to Utah’s parks and monuments, while also ensuring they stay Forever Mighty, by following these tips.
How to Visit Zion
Looking for the best way to see Zion? Read our Zion National Park guide for expert advice on planning your visit to one of the most visited parks in Utah.
Know the Basics
New to nature? Welcome! Here are some basics you need to know.
Plan to pack out your own trash.
Come prepared with a disposable toilet system in the event restrooms are unavailable. Review the tips or watch the video.
Extinguish campfires completely, and practice fire safety.
The weather can change quickly on public lands. If rain is in the forecast do not enter any slot canyons.
Bring more water than you think you'll need.
Travel on designated motorized routes and trails. Do not create new trails with your car or your feet.
Ensure you have a back-up campground during busy season. If you have to disperse camp, always choose existing sites.
Let someone know your itinerary and the time you expect to return. Know the information for search and rescue, and bring a spot device. Look for others you can help. Learn more about how you can support Utah’s local search and rescue teams with a Utah Search and Rescue Assistance card.
If you’re on a road trip to Utah, your journey will likely start on one of four major interstates. Those interstates lead to dozens of scenic byways, hundreds of unique main streets, thousands of dirt roads and access to 22.9 million acres of public lands. Driving through Utah is the perfect opportunity to get a sense of the community you're visiting at a family diner and book a guide experience, so a local can show you the region’s best kept secrets.
As you plan your next road trip through Utah, look for opportunities to visit less-crowded destinations. While the national parks are open, so are many less crowded and equally brilliant nearby destinations.
Last year many of us missed out on the adrenaline-pumping experiences that we seek to shake off a sense of cabin fever. Now, as Utah’s parks and natural destinations welcome back riders, climbers, rafters and hikers it’s more important than ever to recreate responsibly. With more and more travelers visiting Utah each year, our natural resources are under immense pressure. So take a beat and double check your gear list before heading out, avoid high-traffic destinations when possible, and seek out guidance to help you preserve the places we play.
The peoples that inhabited this land long before America was colonized recognized the power in Utah’s lands, as the Native Nations in Utah do today. Southern Utah has long offered so much solace, but it’s up to you to find it. Hike a trail that’s not on a top-ten list or rest atop a red rock perch that overlooks a network of canyons so large and deep they’re nearly impossible to comprehend.
As you seek solitude, ensure you're prepared to do so, and look to give back to the communities you're passing through.
For Business Travelers
As we adjust to post-pandemic travel and business travel gains momentum once again, there may be a few more details to consider while planning your trip. However, the Wasatch Front and the rest of Utah have worked diligently to welcome you safely and comfortably. Hotels are open, events are underway and conference centers are once again providing a safe venue for in-person networking.
For Skiers and Riders
As you pick up your gear from the skier-friendly baggage claim at the all new Salt Lake City International Airport, the slopes may be the only thing on your mind. And why wouldn’t they be? You’ve got 15 resorts to consider, many of which are less than an hour away. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see there are new destinations to find, rich cultures to witness and more memorable roads to take you there.
All Utah ski resorts are scheduled to open. Mountain capacity, lodging, dining and transportation will be different this year, but by following new guidelines and adjusting with new operations we can all do our part to have a full, safe ski season.