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Trail Etiquette

Stick to Trails

Staying on trails protects the environment and wildlife. When vegetation is disturbed on the side of the trail, there is a greater chance weeds will replace native plants and may cause unnecessary erosion. In this environment, native plants take years to recover from trampling. Please walk and ride on designated trails only. Contact us for trail information and maps.

Avoid areas that are unmarked, closed for revegetation, or signed as sensitive. Also, most Basin trails pass through private land. We are fortunate that landowners in the Basin are willing to allow trails on their properties. Respect private property by staying on designated trails. 


Keeping your dog in control keeps people, other dogs, livestock, and wildlife safe. Dogs must be on leash at all times. Please do not let your dog approach others unless invited. Be aware – check signs and follow area regulations.

Dog poop is a health hazard. It also increases the nitrogen in the soil around the trail, giving the advantage to weeds over the native plants that have naturally evolved in the Basin. Dog poop can contribute to water pollution in the unique riparian areas found in the Basin. Thanks for bagging your dog’s poop, but remember, the job’s not done until you drop it in the trash can. Please do your part to keep Basin Recreation space dog poop free.

Wildlife on Trails

Trails in the Snyderville Basin and Park City area are lush with wildlife, from red tail hawks to moose and coyotes. Please know you are mingling with nature while you out on the trails and may encounter these native residents. Visit Wild Aware at to learn more about the common wildlife in our area. 

Trash Your Trash

Please pick up all trash. Trash is unsightly and ruins everyone’s outdoor experience. Trash attracts scavenging birds and animals that drive away or kill native birds. Even biodegradable materials, such as orange peels, apple cores, and food scraps take years to break down. Let’s all do our part to take care of Basin Recreation space by picking up all trash.

Share Our Trails

We all enjoy Basin Recreation space in different ways. Pay attention, expect to encounter others, slow down when passing, and be courteous. Those traveling faster should slow down for other users. Mountain bikers riding downhill should always yield to all other users. Bikers, because of their mechanical advantage, should always yield to hikers and horseback riders. The best choice when yielding is to stop, then step off the trail and remain until others pass. If you continue to hike or ride off the trail when yielding, you trample trailside vegetation and unnecessarily widen the trail.

Expect and respect others. Control your speed. Pass with care and let others know you are passing. Be courteous and we will all have a better time.

PLEASE RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS! Many of our trails are on private property. Per Summit County Ordinance 7-4-3, please stay on designated public trails. The future of these trails and new trails depends on your cooperation!