Etiquette and Responsibilities
Know before you go…
the river guidebooks, agency publications and topographical maps before
running an unfamiliar section of river.
Ask experienced friends, outfitter employees, agency rangers and
local law enforcement agencies about unfamiliar runs before you go.
the boundaries of the public lands, managed by federal, state and local
agencies, and understand that not all publicly owned lands have unlimited
access – check with the managing agency for any restrictions.
that private land is accessible with permission only and all landowner
restrictions must be respected. It
is the RESPONSIBILITY of the river runner to know where private land is.
river guides must understand that criminal trespass subjects the
responsible outfitter to the loss of their Colorado River Outfitting
other river runners’ and private owners’ space, privacy and solitude while
on the river, in camp, on hikes and at boat ramps.
your boats and equipment, leaving room for others at put-ins, take-outs
and attraction sites. Expect
another party to arrive.
lunches at attraction sites or at least move off to the side of the
trailhead or boat ramp.
on the river where appropriate. If
other parties are going faster, allow their boats to pass. If you are going faster than the party
in front of you, be sure your boats are grouped together before
passing. Avoid extensive,
unnecessary contacts with other parties while floating.
from water fights with other parties.
tapes and CD’s should be turned off within earshot of other river parties
and landowners. Using headsets is
appropriate in sections of river that have extensive contact with others.
and loud partying is inconsiderate within earshot of another group.
and fireworks ruin the solitude of a river trip and present a fire hazard.
Firearms are not needed or appreciated outside hunting seasons.
encountering other parties on the same schedule communicate regarding
planned lunch, attraction and camp stops.
your party is small consider smaller camps, leaving larger, more impacted
camps for large groups when the canyon is busy.
runners agree that Colorado River corridors contain extraordinary
archaeological, scenic and biological values. River runners tread lightly when traveling Colorado rivers
and endeavor to “leave no trace”
of their river journey.
garbage is hauled out. All food
scraps are removed to avoid skunks, flies, ants, mice and other pests from
congregating. Cigarette butts,
twist ties, strings off fabrics, dental floss, candy wrappers and other
small traces are to be meticulously disposed of.
waste such as leftover beer, pop, juices, coffee and so on should be
deposited in the river current.
from dishwater, soups, coffee and so on should be strained and hauled
out. Grease from cooking should be
fires should be contained in a firepan. When practical, fires should be built
near the river, away from vegetation.
The use of driftwood, charcoal and wood brought from home is
appropriate; the use of standing timber is unacceptable. When breaking camp there should be no
trace of the fire, all charcoal is hauled out, excess firewood is scattered
and unnatural wood (milled, sawed, etc.) is removed. In very arid time frames fires may be
restricted or banned altogether, check with local land agencies or the
county Sheriff’s Department before planning a campfire on a river journey.
runners carry and use toilet systems. All solid human waste is removed from
river corridors. There are only
two places to urinate in the river canyons. One is in the river; the other is far away from any camp or
tent site. Urinating in gravels
and sands are best, then organic soils.
Urinating on hot rocks, compacted soils and in concentrated places
cause odors. Urinating in wet
sand, silt or shallow water with no current, after the river has peaked
and receded, causes algae to flourish.
lightly on land by using low impact hiking; stay on main trails and avoid
fragile soils. Be sensitive to
trampling native plants and grasses and refrain from picking
wildflowers. Pets should be
restrained around other groups.
for wildlife includes no feeding, harassing, killing or displacing of
animals. When encountering
wildlife, maintain your distance and remain quiet. Pets should be restrained around
archeological sites with respect.
They are sacred places to Native Americans. Petroglyphs and pictographs are not to
be touched. Ruins should not be
entered, sat on or touched.
Potsherds and arrowheads are to remain in place. Report violations to authorities. Historic structures, such as cabins
and other buildings should be entered with care and all tools and
artifacts are to remain in place.
natural objects where they are found.
Leaving fossils and petrified wood for future generations is the
right thing to do.
some areas river runners must follow specific rules designed to protect natural
and cultural resource values. Ask
agency offices and visitor centers if any special rules apply to the river
you plan to run.
have a solid human waste carryout system for overnight trips. This system must be adequate for the
size of the party and length of trip.
have a fire pan for overnight trips and a charcoal carry out system.
have adequate storage for carrying out garbage and trash.
have first-aid supplies adequate for the size of the party.
- Must have
repair materials to repair the types of boats on the trip.
comply with all federal, state and local boating regulations that apply to
the river segment.
UNDERSTAND YOUR RESPONSIBLITIES AND MAINTAIN RIVER
ETIQUETTE, IT PROTECTS YOUR RIGHT TO RUN A RIVER!