What’s it about Utah’s nice outside that we love to guard?

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Step lightly! and the Utah Office of Tourism has the answer, and it’s simple, but we certainly don’t have to tell you.

But just in case … It’s the incredible landscapes, the recreational opportunities, the incomparable views and the fact how much of it is public! This means that not only is it available to us, but we are also responsible for its health, beauty and responsibility.

As outdoor motorized recreation has grown in popularity, so has the environmental impact of those who want to go outdoors, especially in the past year. So we made Ride Mighty! Tread Lightly !, a free online introductory course in responsible leisure ethics and education that helps preserve our landscape exactly the way we love it. Combine this with one of many off-road mapping apps like the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office’s Utah Access Map 360 ° and a copy of the Utah Travel Guide (download or request a printed travel guide) and you are ready to responsibly explore the wonders that Utah has to offer.

What is it about Utah's great outdoors that we love to protect? Photo: step lightly!

This course taught new off-roaders why it is important to drive responsibly and keep the trails open in Utah. You also have the basics of minimal impact recreation, safety, and how to keep our public lands open, healthy, and beautiful. But don’t just take our word for it. We checked in with Debbi from Salt Lake to see what she thought after putting the course into practice.

“I was very excited to hear from Ride Mighty! Tread Lightly! As I’ve always considered myself a good outdoor person. I always take a bin bag for my own rubbish and always keep the extra I find while I pick it up I had a faint memory of the TREAD principles from a backpacking course I took a few years ago and it was great to get to know me again now that I’ve joined an off road group. “

Debbi says she came off-road to experience the beauty and to explore southwestern Utah more regularly. She knew she’d researched the hiking maps beforehand and chatted with other members of her group that she might have difficulty traversing smooth rocks and wanted to make sure she and her vehicle were up to the challenge.

“I also love cycling, hiking and photography. Although I should also take a skill course for my camera! But I like my photos and they remind me of all my travels”

She also stressed that we are all public landowners who share nature and many people benefit if they take the time to educate themselves before leaving to minimize their impact and get opportunities for more people .

“I found the course very well structured. It was simple and to the point. Remember when I said I had a faint memory of the TREAD principles? After the course, they burned into my brain! Travel responsibly “Respect the rights of others, educate yourself, avoid sensitive areas, do your part. I can’t even separate them because each is as important as the other.”

What is it about Utah's great outdoors that we love to protect? Photo: step lightly!

Safety awareness is the most important thing that Debbi and most of our fellow students have gotten to the point, and it pays special attention to the following course excerpt.

The right equipment is important when driving off-road. Each type of recovery requires different safety equipment, and knowing what is required and recommended in advance can keep drivers safe in the event of an accident. If necessary, never ride without a helmet and eye protection.

In addition to the safety equipment, it is important to know what weather and what elements you will encounter when packing. Prepare for sudden changes in temperature by bringing clothes, a rain jacket, gloves, and sunscreen. In the winter months you should be prepared with extra warm layers, headgear and emergency blankets.

Pack emergency items such as food, water, first aid kit, flashlight, communication device, inverter and a paper card in case communication devices stop working. Finally, be prepared to unpack any trash you find or might find along the way by bringing some trash bags into your rig.

“One of the most important things when you’re out and about is the opportunity to come back home”

–Brian Higgins, step lightly! Marketing Manager

So be like Debbi and take the Ride Mighty! Step lightly! Online ethics course along with checking out the Utah Travel Guide and Utah Access Map 360 ° before your next trip.

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