We continue sharing useful advice on how to make the best out of your national park experience while staying safe and being sustainable. Here are three more tips to consider.
Obey the rules and stay the course
Choosing to stray the path and ignoring warning signs – including fences and other boundaries – can easily result in injury or even death. For example, in 2016, a visitor of Yellowstone National Park died after traveling away from the designated trail and slipping into a hot spring; another one – in New Jersey – fell to death from a 40 feet high cliff while taking sunset pictures. History knows people being swept by a waterfall and many other cases occurring after disregarding safety barriers.
In order to provide a safe vacation, stick to the trails and keep an eye on warning signs. Those signs and fences are meant to keep you – and natural resources – safe, so be wise.
Clean up after yourself
National parks all over the world suffer from millions tons of garbage yearly. So some American reservations have started putting effort into decreasing their garbage dumps significantly. And of course visitors could assist in making the park staff’s job easier if they simply carry out all they carry in.
Save animals by locking your food
Statistically, when people and bears come together, difficulties arise, and national parks are not an exception. These animals pick up the smell of food in areas where people gather such as camping sites and parking areas. This is why park requirements expect visitors to lock their food, drinks, coolboxes, grills and electric cookers in their cars. No food should be left without attendance.
Although it seems obvious, visitors are forbidden to feed bears and other wild animals or leave any food for them. The reason is wild animals get used to human food and become dangerously aggressive in result jeopardizing people’s safety. If this happens, national parks are obliged to either transport them to a new place or euthanatize them.