Camping Season

Hey readers, it’s that time of year again – CAMPING SEASON! If you’re like me, you look forward to the crisp, fresh air you can only get outside. It’s heating up here in Utah and many of us are looking forward to setting up camp in our beautiful mountains.

If you’re getting ready to plan a camping trip of your own, it’s important to remember a few things:

First, always make a realistic plan and stick to it. Make sure you tell someone of your travel plans and when they can expect you to arrive back home.

Second, whenever possible, use existing campsites. Camp on durable surfaces and place your tent on a non-vegetated area.

Third, avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams.

Fourth, while morning breath and that second-day deodorant smell is something you may want to avoid, keep in mind that toothpaste, detergents and soap harm fish and other aquatic life. Wash at least 200 feet away from streams and lakes. Scatter your wash water so it filters through the soil.

Perhaps one of the most important tips to remember is to do your part. Modeling appropriate behavior and leaving your camping site better than you found it will allow the area to remain clean so everyone can enjoy it for years to come.

For more camping tips, check out our website!

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