Memorial Day Safety Tips in the Backcountry

This Memorial Day weekend promises to be the first of many busy weekends in the national forests. Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest spokesperson Kathy Jo Pollock says most lower elevation campgrounds are now open throughout the state.Pollock says higher-elevation campgrounds, roads and trails may still be snow-covered or muddy, leaving these areas vulnerable to damage. To protect these natural resources visitors must drive or camp on dry, solid surfaces.Backcountry hiking and camping opportunities are limited due to remaining snow cover. Pollock says safety is always a concern in the backcountry. Rivers, streams and creeks are running very high and fast and are extremely dangerous.Pollock urges people to keep a watchful eye on children while recreating in these areas. Off-highway vehicle users are reminded to ride only where permitted. When hiking, always carry extra water and food, take along a coat and something to make a fire with, just in case you get stuck on the mountain for the night and in case the weather turns bad. She also reminds people to always let someone know when they are hiking and approximately what time they will return and not to hike alone.

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