Memorial Day safety tips from the Forest Service |

Memorial Day safety tips from the Forest Service

This Memorial Day weekend promises to be the first of many busy weekends at the national forests of Utah.

Some higher-elevation campgrounds, roads and trails will remain closed due to snow and extremely wet, muddy conditions.

Safety is always a concern. Rivers, streams and creeks are running very high and fast and are extremely dangerous. Please be careful and keep a watchful eye on children and pets while recreating in these areas, especially in campgrounds near water sources.

For the safety of the public and protection of bears, the Forest Service is encouraging campers and visitors to practice Bear Aware safety while visiting the forest.

Forest users are reminded to ride only on designated routes. Remember to always be a responsible rider. You can obtain motor vehicle use maps that display the roads and trails open to motorized vehicles at

If you are planning to use livestock on National Forest System lands, remember that only certified, weed-free, straw hay, or pellets is permitted. When hiking, always carry extra water, food and outer wear. Let someone know where you are hiking, approximately what time you will return, and avoid hiking alone. Be prepared for a change in weather conditions.

Make sure campfires are completely extinguished. Most importantly, enjoy your national forests.

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