No this not the latest horror movie at the theater… it is real everyday occurrence on the Trail. It is the policy of the Advisory Council that dogs are welcomed on the trail on a leash. All jurisdictions through which the trail runs has rules and ordinances about dogs on a leash. Dogs love the outdoors and they all love to walk with their masters and we encourage that, but when off leash they also chase things and we have alot of wildlife long the trail. Desert tortoise and Desert Big Horn sheep are protected forms of wildlife and they occur throughout the River Mountains Loop Trail. Horses and dogs do not necessarily mix. Dogs must be kept clear of horses and all wild life.
Our four legged friends also are known for doing their duty while walking/running along the trails. Be responsible and considerate of other trail users and clean it up. Other hikers and bike riders do not want to step in dog crap or ride through it and have it flip up on them. Look for doggy bags at trail heads or take a bag with you…pick it up and carry it out.
I look forward to seeing all of you and your four legged walking buddies on the trail following all the rules for a safe and pleasant trail outting. Try these guidelines for a great time on area trails:
Trail Manners for You and Your Dog
1. Respect wildlife and their habitat – you are in their home.
2. Respect the environment – don’t let your dog dig or cause damage.
3. Clean up after your dog. Leave all trails as clean or cleaner than when you arrived.
4. Yield the right-of-way to other hikers. Many people are afraid of dogs. Communicate with others and always keep your dog under control.
5. Yield the right-of-way to equestrians. Move off the trail far enough to allow horses to pass. Keep you dog close to you, quiet and under control.
6. Always be courteous. Don’t give other trail users any reason to complain. Set an example for others by being a conscientious owner with a well-behaved dog out enjoying the trails.
Happy trails to all….