CARSON VALLEY – With many businesses and recreational facilities still closed due to COVID-19 measures, Nevada law enforcement officials say trails and outdoor recreation sites are seeing an uptick in users.
The volunteers at Carson Valley Trails Association are getting ahead of the crowds with some advice on how the community can enjoy Carson Valley’s outdoor areas while following health and social distancing guidelines.
Here are their tips:
- Follow all state and local guidelines and be sure to check carefully as to current trail openings and restrictions before heading out.
- Hike during off times such as early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
- Keep your distance on the trails. Exerting more energy means safe distance can be up to 30 feet, depending on the activity, but at minimum keep 6 feet from other hikers, runners and bikers.
- Hike on wider trails and roads where you can safely maintain distance from other people.
- If a trail looks crowded, find another one.
- Wash and sanitize your hands regularly and don’t forget to clean your equipment such a trekking poles and bicycles.
- Keep your dogs leashed. Loose dogs can lead to unnecessary human interaction.
- If you head out, hike or bike from home to prevent congestion at trail heads.
- Avoid wet or muddy north-facing trails during this time of spring melt. It’s safer for you and better reduces the impact of our trails and reduces the risk of needing emergency crews to assist you.
- Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms and water fountains.
- Communicate! Let other trail users know of your presence. Be nice, say hi! We are all in this together.
- Please stay home if you are feeling sick.
- Above all else, respect the trails and parks. Carson Valley’s trails are 100% supported by volunteers and there is no need to put their health and safety at risk. Follow Leave No Trace practices, pack your trash and be mindful of trail and park conditions. Now is not the time to exceed your comfort or fitness abilities.
For more information and trails updates visit Carson Valley Trails Association online.