To protect Arizona’s natural icons and ensure the protection of the spaces and places that draw travelers to the state, the Arizona Office of Tourism developed, in collaboration with the Leave No Trace, Center for Outdoor Ethics, AppreciateAZ. This program promotes sustainable tourism tactics and responsible recreation throughout Arizona, advocating for visitation in a manner that won’t deplete our state's environmental, economic, or cultural resources. Learn how you can help protect Arizona's iconic natural features.

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AppreciateAZ Leave No Trace Principles

Plan Ahead & Prepare

There’s so much more than just desert in Arizona. Planning ahead and preparing for the state’s diverse terrain and temperatures means you’ll be able to safely experience all that Arizona has to offer.

Stick to Trails

Wander with wonder, but please stick to the trails and camp only on existing or designated campsites. When you minimize your impact, you help protect plants, animals and yourself.

Trash Your Trash

Ecosystems are delicate and even organic trash can have a negative impact. So, when it comes to trash and waste, pack it in and pack it out.

Leave What You Find

In Arizona, there is so much to discover and history to explore. Take pictures and make memories, but please don’t take mementos or leave a mark.

Be Careful With Fire

Minimize fire impacts by using only designated fire pits and keeping your campfire small, safe and attended. Arizona’s hot, dry climate is perfect to catch a blaze, making this principle ever so important.

Respect Wildlife

Arizona’s great outdoors is home to more than 800 species of wildlife. It’s best to observe them from a distance, so be prepared to stop and let the wildlife stay wild.

Share the Outdoors

Arizona’s landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for reflection. Respect others and their unique connection to the land. Let’s all enjoy the natural world together.


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