Leave No Trace

  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces: Saline Valley, and deserts in general, have extremely fragile soils in many places. Watch where you step when off trail. If it’s not a rocky surface be especially aware of crusty soils and stay off them. Riparian (wet/stream) locations are rare in the desert and host a myriad of fragile species and are another place to be really careful with your footing.
  • Plan ahead, and prepare: Saline Valley can have any weather at this time of year, wind is almost a given. It’s really annoying to find yourself all the way in Saline Valley and not have clothing and shelter for the conditions.
  • Leave what you find: Saline Valley has an abundance of archaeologically significant locations, both the kinda old variety and the really old variety. Look but don’t take.
  • Dispose of waste properly: If you haven’t spent much time in a desert you may not appreciate how long supposedly biodegradable objects take to break down. Please take your apple cores, orange peels and the like back with you and dispose of in the regular trash. The canyons do get visited and disposing of human waste properly is very important. As long as you are away from water the cat hole method for solid human waste disposal (bury waste at least 6") is appropriate - pack out toilet paper and other hygiene products.
  • Respect wildlife: we can expect to see a wide assortment of wildlife. This is their home; we are just visitors so observe quietly and from a distance. Do not approach wild burros/horses or other wildlife.
  • Respect other visitors
  • Fire: don’t create new fire rings or burn native vegetation.
  • Remember that drones are prohibited in Wilderness and in National Parks.