Wilderness Etiquette & Restrictions

Wilderness Etiquette & Restrictions

Wilderness Areas are closed to all types of motor vehicles, mechanical transport, hang gliders, and bicycles. In areas that lie within culinary watersheds for city and counties, special restriction concerning camping, swimming, and domestic animals may apply. Activities specifically prohibited in the Wilderness Act are: commercial enterprises; roads and structures; the landing of aircraft; the use of motorized equipment; and motor or mechanical transport.
Help protect the wilderness by following the Forest-wide restrictions below and incorporating Leave No Trace ethics into your wilderness activities. Due to variations in size, climate, terrain and amount of visitation, and each wildness area in the country has unique management needs and regulations. Be sure to check the rules at the local Ranger District before heading out.
  • Stay on designated trails and do not cut switchbacks.
  • Select a campsite 200 feet from trails or streams.
  • Avoid ditching around your tent.
  • Watch where to step to avoid trampling delicate plants.
  • Use a lightweight gas stove.
  • Have a campfire only where permitted. Put it out and leave no trace when breaking camp.
  • Wash away from water sources and use biodegradable soaps.
  • Bury human waste and fish entrails 6-8" deep and 200 feet away from water sources.


The following is a list of wilderness restrictions:

SPECIAL ORDER: Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited within the boundaries of the Mt. Olympus, Twin Peaks, Lone Peak, and Deseret Peak Wildernesses on the Wasatch-Cache National Forest until further notice. The purpose of this order is to protect natural resources and enhance the visitor's wilderness experience.
  1. Group sizes exceeding 10 persons. [36 CFR 261.58 (f)]
  2. Camping within 200 feet of trails, lakes, ponds, streams, springs, and other water sources. [36 CFR 261.58 (e)]
  3. Camping within 100 feet of another campsite. [36 CFR 261.58 (e)]
  4. Camping for a period for more than 3 days at an individual site. [36 CFR 261.58 (a)]
  5. Short cutting a trail switchback. [36 CFR 261.55 (e)]
  6. Disposing of debris, garbage, or other waste. [36 CFR 261.57 (g)]
  7. Bedding, tethering, hobbling, or hitching a horse or other saddle pack or draft animal within 200 feet of lakes, springs, or streams in the Mt. Olympus and Deseret Peak Wildernesses. [36 CFR 261.58 (aa)]
  8. Campfires within Mill B South Fork Drainage in the Twin Peaks Wilderness and Red Pine Fork and Maybird Gulch drainages within Lone Peak Wilderness. [36 CFR 261.52 (a)]
  9. Possessing or using a motor vehicle, motorboat, or motorized equipment except as authorized by Federal law or regulation (including bicycles, hang gliders, and landing of aircraft or dropping or picking up of any material). [36 CFR 261.16 (a) (b) (c)]
Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following acts, or persons, are exempt from this order:
  1. Persons with a permit or contract authorizing the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Authorized Federal, state, or local officers, or members of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of official duty, when authorized by the District Ranger.
Violation of this prohibition is punishable by fine of not more than $ 5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both (16 USC 551; 18 USC 3571 (b) (6).