4 tips for winter trail etiquette

(Jackson, Wyo.) - We are often reminded how to share our summer trails with hikers, dogs, bikers, horses and others, but since the snow has fallen, it's time to brush up on winter trail etiquette. In a recent news release, Bridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor emphasized that the Bridger-Teton is a multiple use forest that strives to provide ample recreational opportunities for the variety of users that come out to enjoy the forest. Because many of these many uses, including horseback riding, alpine, nordic and cross country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more, the Bridger-Teton National Forest would like to remind everyone of the importance of trail etiquette. *1. Move for Horses:* Horseback riders have the right-of-way and all other users should move to the side of the trails until the horses have passed. In addition, horseback riders are asked to remove the manure from the groomed trails, according to the Bridger-Teton National Forest. *2. Slow Down:* The forest urges skiers on these trails to slow down before bends and corners, for their own safety as well as the safety of others. Forest trails are for leisure and recreation purposes and not intended for race training. *3. Don't Walk on Tracks:* When walking or snowshoeing on the groomed trails, users should avoid walking in the groomed tracks for the skiers. *4. Clean Up After your Mutt:* The Bridger-Teton continues to remind dog owners to carry a mutt-mitt and to clean up after their dogs when utilizing the groomed trails. In addition, because so many of the groomed trails are adjacent to winter range, if a dog owner has any doubt as to the amount of voice control they have over their dog, the forest asks that they carry a leash. *Feature Photo: h/t Pixabay / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news