We at Epic 4×4 Adventures have a great reverence for the land we call home. Moab’s scenic trails and iconic red rocks are the main source of our livelihood, and we have a number of practices in place to preserve the area’s beauty. Here are a few of our guiding principles:
1. Stay On Marked Paths
Although the soil may seem inert, it’s actually teeming with life! Known as cryptobiotic soil, this layer of terrain is extremely sensitive to human contact. Therefore, we do our best to protect this soil, as it forms the foundation for other life in the area. This means that we do not stray from marked paths and that we avoid trampling the delicate microbiotic ground.
2. Admire Nature From Afar
As the famous saying goes, “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.” Though admiring plant and animal life is a must in the great outdoors, we refrain from disturbing it in any form. This means that we don’t tamper with plants, we don’t interact with the animals, and we marvel at nature from afar.
3. Abide by all Bureau of Land Management Laws and Regulations
The Bureau of Land Management is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Among their guiding principles, BLM cultivates community-based conservation, citizen-centered stewardship, and partnership through consultation, cooperation, and communication. This is where we come in. They are experts in making sure the land we love is well-preserved, and we strive to follow all of their guidelines.
4. Pack It In, Pack it Out and Then Some
We bring along comfort items and carry plenty of bottled water and light snacks but we ensure that everything we bring out on the trail, comes back with us for proper disposal. We also make it a habit to pack out what others may have accidentally left behind.