The Cedar Mesa Project
Leave No Trace
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"Do not bathe in desert pools, natural tanks, tinajas, potholes.
Drink what water you need, take what you need, and leave the rest for
the next hiker and more important for the bees, birds, and animals -
bighorn sheep, coyotes, lions, foxes, badgers, deer, wild pigs, wild
horses - whose lives depend on that water."
Abbey, Edward, The Journey Home, E. P. Dutton, New York, 1977.
- The increased usage and easier accesses to the Cedar Mesa area
intensify the deterioration of irreplaceable resources. Let's each of
us make the choice to care!
- Please stay on the trails, rocky surfaces, or on sand even when it is
muddy to avoid widening impact areas. Avoid cutting new switchbacks to
prevent erosion. Avoid soft charcoal-stained soil, i.e., the middens, or
prehistoric trash heaps, which are most often located immediately down slope
from ancient Puebloan cliff ruins.
- Cryptobiotic Soil is composed of living
organisms. Avoid impacting it by walking, resting, and camping on slickrock,
grass and sand. Keep your group size small.
- Wildlife live in the canyons too; please respect their living space and
- Keep dogs under physical and/or voice control.
- Artifacts, historic signatures, and rock art tell a story of a previous
legacy; leave for future scientific research and for others to appreciate.
Please avoid touching rock art or historic signatures. Oils and dirt from
fingers and hands increases deterioration. Leaning, sitting, or standing on
ancient walls loosens the bonding and eventually destroys them. To reduce
impacts, the use of technical climbing equipment to reach sites is prohibited.
- Weather conditions may change quickly. Flash floods can occur and rock
falls can be a hazard. Water in springs is not always available, and must be
- Please camp 70 paces (200 feet) or more from water, trails, and
archaeological sites. Use existing campsites. Camp on slickrock, grass or
sand to minimize impacts. Use portable stoves for cooking and sheltered
candles for light rather than open wood fires.
- Potable water sources are very limited. Soaps, sun screens and lotions,
etc. in potholes and streams pollute water sources for everyone. Wash and
dispose of water at least 200 feet (60 meters) away from water sources.
- Bury human feces in soil 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) deep. Pack out your
toilet paper, etc. Bring a small bag to carry out all refuse including food
scraps and garbage - yours and others.
- Please respect the solitude and back country experiences of others.
- Before you leave, take one last look. Most of us will be returning in body
and/or spirit again and again.
Have you done your best to LEAVE NO TRACE ?
For more detailed information about this program, see:
Leave No Trace, http://www.lnt.org/
The Cedar Mesa Project Network.
A grassroots citizens group working in cooperation with the
Canyonlands Natural History Association and
Bureau of Land Management.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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- URL of this page: http://bcn.boulder.co.us/environment/cacv/cacvtrac.htm
- Revised '9-Jun-2001,11:10:14'
- Copyright ©1996, 1999 SCCS.