Trail Etiquette

Calling All Trail Users:

Your eyes and input are very important to us! Help us keep an eye on our trails! Basin Recreation is working to implement a public participation program on trails for ongoing trail maintenance and trail related concerns. If by chance you see a downed tree, erosion problem, leaky sprinkler, sign problem, user conflict, etc., simply send an email to:Bob Radke, Trails Manager at

Trail Etiquette
Keeping your dog in control keeps people, other dogs, livestock, and wildlife safe. Others may not appreciate your dog's company. Dogs must be ON LEASH at all times. Please do not let your dog approach others unless invited. Be aware - check signs and follow area regulations.

Please do not let your dog approach or chase wildlife. Chased or harassed wildlife change their feeding patterns and exert more energy, which can result in poor health or even death.

Pick Up Poop
Phew! Dog poop stinks, is not natural to the Basin, and others can step in it. Pack a pick-up bag or grab one at the trailhead and always pick up your dog's poop wherever it's left and find a trash can to discard.

Dog poop is a health hazard. It also increases the nitrogen in the soil around the trail, giving the advantage to weeds over the native plants that have naturally evolved in the Basin. Dog poop can also contribute to water pollution in the unique riparian areas found in the Basin. Thanks for bagging your dog's poop, but remember, the job's not done until you drop it in the trash can. Please do your part to keep Basin Recreation space dog poop free.

Stick to Trails
Staying on trails protects wildlife and their homes. Shortcutting trails causes erosion and damages trailside plants. Please walk and ride on designated trails only. Contact the Snyderville Basin Recreation office for trail information and maps. Studies have shown that when we trample vegetation on the side of the trail, there is a greater chance weeds will replace native plants. In this environment, native plants take years to recover from trampling damage.

Avoid areas that are unmarked, closed for revegetation, or signed as sensitive. Also, most Basin trails pass through private land. We are fortunate that landowners in the Basin are willing to allow trails on their property. Respect private property by staying on designated trails. We can all have fun on natural Basin Recreation space while sticking to trails.

Share Our Trails
We all enjoy Basin Recreation space in different ways. Pay attention, expect to encounter others, slow down, and be courteous. Those traveling faster should slow down for other users. Downhill riders should always yield to all other users.

Bikers, because of their mobility, should always yield to hikers and horseback riders. The best choice when yielding is to stop, then step off the trail onto a durable surface (rock, sand, etc.) and remain until others pass. If you continue to hike or ride off the trail when yielding, you trample trailside vegetation and create multiple trails where one is usually best.

We all know how great outdoor experiences can be. One discourteous person can ruin an outing. Expect and respect others. Control your speed. Pass with care and let others know you're passing. Be courteous and we'll all have a better time.

Trash Your Trash
Please pick up all trash. Even biodegradable materials, such as orange peels, apple cores, and food scraps take years to break down.

Trash is unsightly and ruins everyone's outdoor experience. Studies have shown that trash attracts scavenging birds and animals that drive away or kill native birds. Let's all do our part to take care of Basin Recreation space by picking up all trash.