As visitors exploring Fresno County's foothills and nearby national parks, it's important to leave no trace to preserve the beautiful outdoor spaces! Here are some essential outdoor etiquette tips to keep in mind as you enjoy the area's natural beauty. 

Pack Out What You Pack In

Shaver Lake

Whether it's trash, food scraps, or other waste, always carry out everything you bring with you. Leave the trails, lakes and day-use areas as you found them. 

Mind Your Bathroom Etiquette

When nature calls, use designated restroom facilities whenever possible. Places like Shaver Lake and other communities in the foothills have trails that border many private properties, so be sure to plan accordingly before heading out the trail. Bury human waste in a small hole at least 200 feet from water sources, day-use areas, homes and trails. 

Respect Wildlife from a Distance

Deer in Kings Canyon

While encountering wildlife can be thrilling, maintain a safe distance and avoid feeding or approaching them. Remember, these animals are wild and need to remain so for their own well-being.

Stay On & Share the Trail

Straying from marked paths can damage fragile ecosystems and disrupt habitats. Stick to the marked trails to minimize your impact and to avoid getting lost. When hiking in a large group, it's good practice to walk single file to avoid occupying more than half of the trail's width. Hikers ascending the trail have the right of way, so if you're descending, be courteous and yield space. 

Minimize Noise

Jackie hiking

Keep noise levels to a minimum to respect the wildlife, locals in the area and fellow visitors. 

Respect Park Regulations and Guidelines

Familiarize yourself with park rules and regulations before you head out on your hike. These guidelines are in place to protect both visitors and the environment.