Austin Isbell of the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation provided viewers with important information on outdoor safety and educated on responsible outdoor recreation and etiquette.
Isbell said that walking outdoors can lead to significant improvements in physical, mental and social health while improving mood and reducing stress. However, there are some safety standards that everyone should follow when participating in outdoor recreation activities that are easy to follow.
He said you should always “know before you go” and be aware of local fire restrictions in the area. You should never leave a campfire unattended and always make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving your campsite. Isbell also said it was important to be aware of other local conditions such as heat and flash flood warnings. Carrying water is especially important, including bringing extra water with you even when you’re not using it. He said a good rule is to drink or bring at least a pint or two cups of water for every hour of moderate hiking in temperate weather.
Responsible rest and trail etiquette are also important, Isbell said. He said hikers should give way to those passing behind them or going uphill. Motorized vehicles should give way to mountain bikes, runners, hikers and horses. Mountain bikes are giving way to runners, hikers and horses. Runners and hikers give way to horses. He also said that slower hikers or hikers with children should also give way to faster parties.
Must-haves for outdoor recreation include water, snacks, and sun protection, which includes sun protection hats and goggles. Other essential items include a large plastic zip-lock bag of toilet paper, a garbage bag, a rain hat, a multi-tool or pocket knife, and duct tape. Isbell said that depending on the activity, safety gear like a life jacket or helmet is also appropriate.
When visiting recreational areas, Isbell also said to avoid parking on green or dry vegetation and always pick up at least one piece of trash before heading back to your car. Don’t throw rubbish on the trail and respect nature.
For more information, viewers can visit recreation.utah.gov or follow @utahdor on Instagram at the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation