Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace

LNT Logo Leave No Trace is a simple idea: we can visit wild places in a manner that records little or no sign of our passing.

Leave No Trace hopes to influence the decisions people make while visiting public lands by educating them about recreational effects on the land and techniques to minimize or prevent impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules or regulations.

Leave-No-Trace Campsites

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: Use existing campsites or camp on hard surfaces (e.g., flat rocks, bare dirt, or sandy areas) and keep your camp small. Camp at least 100 yards from roads, trails, and water sources. Campsites should not be set in places that compact or otherwise damage vegetation (e.g., meadows). Don't dig trenches in your campsite or alter the soil in any way. If you camp on a new site and clear the ground to make a place to sleep, kick a few rocks and sticks back over the area to make it look like it was never used.

LNT campsite This campsite in the South McCullough Wilderness Area follows LNT principals by being a small site on a hard surface away from water sources. Because the ground was fairly smooth, I only needed to move a few small stones. Otherwise, I did not move dirt, dig trenches, or otherwise alter the ground. My hat and water are hanging in the tree, but I did not hack or drive nails into the trees.
Gass Peak Camp 2 Car camping can be LNT too. Here, at the Gass Peak Traditional Campsite 2, which is located at the end of a short spur road, we parked in the road, pitched tents in the road behind the truck, and set up cooking and dining areas in the road. There was an established fire ring, and we brought firewood from home. After we packed up, the only evidence of our passage was tire tracks and footprints.
grand canyon LNT campsite
Notice that camp is set on bare ground
grand canyon LNT campsite
Notice that camp is set on bare ground
grand canyon LNT campsite
Tents and camp set on bare ground
grand canyon LNT campsite
Tent set on bare ground
grand canyon LNT campsite
Bare ground campsite; cooking on stove, not fire
grand canyon LNT campsite
Bare ground campsite; no trenching around tent
Lake Mead LNT campsite
No woody vegetation to disturb here
Lake Mead LNT campsite
No woody vegetation to disturb here
Lake Mead LNT campsite
I'll leave no trace of my passage at this campsite
coyote gulch leave no trace campsite
Rocky benches make good LNT campsite in Coyote Gulch
leave no trace campsite
LNT campsite on a sandy bench in Coyote Gulch
leave no trace campsite
LNT campsite: no vegetation, no fire ring, proper food storage
leave no trace campsite
I left no trace of my passage at this campsite in Coyote Gulch
leave no trace campsite
LNT with the Sierra Club in Coyote Gulch
Leave No Trace Camping
Leave No Trace car camping using existing campsite
Leave No Trace Camping
Leave No Trace car camping using existing fire pit
Leave No Trace Camping
Leave No Trace camp kitchen
Leave No Trace Camping
I left nothing here but tire tracks and foot prints
Leave No Trace Camping
Backpacking tents set on bare ground, no trenching, no fire
Leave No Trace Camping
Backpacking tent set on bare ground
Leave No Trace Camping
Bivvy set on bare ground at existing campsite
Leave No Trace Camping
Bivvy set on bare ground at existing campsite
Leave No Trace Camping
Existing, low-impact campsite
Leave No Trace Camping
Leaving nothing but tire tracks and foot prints
Leave No Trace Camping
LNT Campsite in Death Valley; Hole in the Wall Road
Leave No Trace Camping
LNT Campsite in Death Valley; Hole in the Wall Road
Leave No Trace Camping
LNT Campsite in Death Valley; Hole in the Wall Road
Leave No Trace Camping
LNT Campsite in Death Valley; Hole in the Wall Road - no trace left!

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