Trail Etiquette – Clean, Considerate, Control


By Jay Burke

Exercise the 3 C's of Trail Etiquette: Clean - clean up after yourself.
Exercise the 3 C’s of Trail Etiquette: Clean – clean up after yourself. Control: your bike, your dog, etc. Considerate: yield to others, even if you have the right of way. Photo: Jay Burke

We’re often asked how we handle so many users groups (and the volume that goes with it) on the trails. Thankfully it seems most all of the trail users in Park City work under the same simple rule, stop and smile – maybe even say hello! It’s a nice gesture to move off the trail and allow another user to pass — a practice which is pretty common around here no matter who has the right of way.

With that said though, we should revisit trail standards for right of way. Trails in the area are open for all non-motorized users, moving in both directions, remember that all users should yield to horses, and cyclists should yield to those on foot. When going downhill, yield to the uphill user (of the same type).

Mountain Trails Foundation has also implemented our own local set of idea to practice out on the trail, we call them The 3 C’s. The first represents Clean, clean up after yourself and your pet. The second one is Control, this pertains to bikers, dogs, etc. The last is Considerate, even if you have the right-of-way, if it’s reasonably easy for you to yield to another, give it a try!

Enjoy the trails in Park City, Utah this summer. If you’d like to see what is happening on the trail system, visit


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