Trail Etiquette and Precautions
Please take care of the emigrant trails. They are fragile and are easily damaged or destroyed. Follow these guidelines:
- Do not take any archaeological and historical artifacts found along the trails. Not only is it illegal, it steals history from all of us. Archaeological and historical artifacts should be left undisturbed. There are substantial penalties for the removal, defacement, or destruction of these items.
- Do not drive on, or adjacent to, pristine ruts which do not show signs of vehicle use. Some ruts are obviously used for traffic, others are pristine and should only be walked upon.
- Do not drive on any ruts when they are wet or muddy.
- Do not drive across the desert. Stay on existing roads and trails.
- Do not leave litter or trash on the trails. Clean up trash that you find.
- Do not damage or remove trail markers or signs.
- Leave gates as you find them. Close them behind you if they were closed.
- Respect private property and landowner's rights. Heed no trespassing signs. Obtain permission of the landowner before crossing private land.
- Be extremely careful with cigarettes, fire, or driving over dry grasses. Desert rangeland is extremely flammable.
Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
Travel across the Idaho desert can be rough and sometimes dangerous. Be prepared for emergencies by following these guidelines:
- Take plenty of water and food with you.
- Travel with others when possible.
- Take extra spare tires and tools to deal with vehicle breakdowns.
- Let people know where you will be going and when you should return.
- Carry warm clothing and blankets for emergencies. Idaho nights are often chilly and the weather can change quickly.