Remember, when you're out camping or hiking you are in the
wilderness, and animal life is surprisingly abundant and varied here,
though most retire during the hottest
hours of the day.
Woodpeckers, screech owls, and other birds make a home in cavities in
the saguaros. Javelinas, mule deer, coyotes, roadrunners,
and Gambel's quail can be seen along
the roads and trails in the Lower Sonorian sections of Arizona.
Extra excitement is provided by rattlesnakes and the
large hairy tarantula. On horseback or on foot
you can ascend the mountain trails into cooler,
forested zones of the Arizona
where different species dwell.
These animals will most likely stay as far away as possible
from you but if you advertise food to them
they may approach.Repackage food &
Plan your meals carefully. Repackaging food in reusable containers or plastic
bags will reduce the amount of potential trash you bring into the
backcountry, and reduce waste from leftover food. The original packaging and
plastic bags can be recycled while jars and bottles can be reused after your
Remember to pick up all food wastes bag up all your trash at night,
I prefer to keep it hung
in a tree about six feet off the ground. I
have not had any problems so far with this technique. Also be kind to them as they are not there to
frighten or hurt you, it is
their home and you are their guest.
Do not forget to take all of your trash with you when you leave there is nothing more disgusting than
coming to a campsite and seeing beer cans and plates from the last campers. Be courteous. Pick up
Also: Remember to always put out your fires completely. Lets keep what is
left of our wilderness and
put out the fire with water and stirring until completely out. Arizona is
very dry and hot in most places
which makes it prone to a lot of easily started forest fires. Fires in
high-use areas should be built in existing fire rings
to concentrate their impact. Encourage others to use the
same fire ring by leaving it clean. Remove any residual trash and burn all
wood completely to ashes. If the fire pit is becoming filled with ashes,
consider cleaning out some of this material. When the fire is completely out,
crush any cooled charcoal into tiny pieces and scatter the ashes over a large
area away from camp. This helps avoid the scattering of multiple fire rings
in a popular site. Properly-located legal fire rings should be left intact for
others to use. Dismantling them will cause additional impact because in all
probability they will be rebuilt with new rocks.
Remember to look out for the "Fire Risk" warning signs on the road.
These will tell
you if you are allowed to have a campfire as well as how dangerous it is for
that time. The ranger
stations are very good at keeping these signs up for fire safety reasons. Please