Regulations

Photo of a group hiking on a trail located on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Trails may have different regulations posted at the trailhead or in publications than what is on this page. The type of use, volume of use, design, amount of trail maintenance, visual impact, type of trail and where it is located determines additional regulations that may be enforced. Permanent or temporary closures may be implemented at any time to provide short-term protection or to protect public health and safety. Follow these simple rules to ensure that you and others will have the best possible experience while in the outdoors.

  • Keep trails and trailside free of litter and graffiti. Throw all garbage and litter in containers provided for this purpose, or carry it out with you.
  • Use toilets properly. Do not throw garbage, litter, fish cleanings, or other foreign substances in toilets and plumbing fixtures.
  • Do not destroy government signs and property. Do not carve, chop, cut, or damage any live trees. Preserve and protect your National Forests by leaving natural areas the way you find them.
  • Enter buildings, structures, or enclosed areas in National Forests only when they are expressly opened to the public. Native American, old cabins, and other structures-- along with all objects and artifacts associated with them--have historic or archeological value. Do not damage or remove any such historic or archeological resource.
  • Photo of a small child and an adult on motor bikes on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest Motorized vehicles are restricted to designated roads, trails, and areas. They are prohibited in wilderness and primitive areas, unless otherwise noted on a Motor Vehicle Use Map. Obey all traffic signs. Specific state traffic laws apply to the National Forest unless otherwise specified. When operating any kind of vehicle, do not damage the land or vegetation, or disturb wildlife. Do not drive on unpaved roads or trails when they are wet or muddy. Within campgrounds and other recreation sites, use cars, motorbikes, motorcycles, or other motor vehicles only for entering or leaving, unless areas or trails are specifically marked for them. Park only in marked parking areas. Do not block, restrict, or interfere with the use of roads, trails or gates.
  • Limited collection of rock, minerals and common invertebrate or plant fossils such as shells, leaf imprints, corals, etc., rocks, and minerals for personal use is allowed on most National Forest System lands. Limited collection of petrified wood may be approved by permit. For more information, contact your local Ranger District office.
  • Many national parks, forests and state parks prohibit dogs. Be sure to keep pets on leashes in developed recreation sites and in restricted areas, especially in cattle and sheep country. Pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas.
  • Saddle or pack animals are allowed in recreation sites only where authorized by posted instructions. All non-pelletized hay or straw must be tagged or marked certified as weed- or seed-free on each bail or container, or have original and current evidence of weed free certification. Marking must meet specific state and/or county standards for certification as weed free.
  • Pay attention to local regulations, particularly concerning campfires. Within campgrounds and other recreation sites, build fires only in existing fire rings, stoves, grills, or fireplaces provided for that purpose. Obey all restrictions on fires. Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving. Do not leave fires unattended. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING FIRES UNDER CONTROL.
  • Approaching or feeding wild animals is never appropriate. Do not tease or harass wild animals. Maintain a safe distance.
  • Don't leave your food out in the open when you're not eating. It could attract unwanted insects and wildlife.
  • Where fees are required, you must pay them before using the site, facility, equipment, or service furnished.
  • No fighting or boisterous behavior.
  • Permits are required for any commercial activity.

Please remember to be careful! You are primarily responsible for your own safety. Look out for natural hazards and dangers when you are in the forest. If you hike off trails or swim or dive in streams or lakes, you do so at YOUR OWN RISK!

Highlights

  • Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics Link opens in a new window
    This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center.Leave No Trace is both a set of principles, and an organization that promotes those principles. The principles are designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they are in the outdoors. The organization 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.
  • Tread Lightly!® Link opens in a new window
    Tread Lightly LogoTread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. Tread Lightly!®’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them.


https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r4/recreation/regulations