Respect Boise Parks and Trails — Leave No Trace

Kathryn Albertson Park Boardwalk
Please stay on designated paths like the one shown here in Kathryn Albertson Park

Boise’s outdoor spaces create incredible opportunities for photography. Help us protect these important places by respecting the land and the animals that call our parks and open space reserves home. Please practice Leave No Trace principles when visiting a Boise park or trail.

For photographers and videographers, this means:

  • Always stay on paved paths and marked trails. Do not trample plants, remove brush or disturb habitat to get the shot.
  • If taking photos of families or portraits for others, place your subject/subjects on durable surfaces (dirt, rock, turf) throughout your entire session.
  • Leave what you find. Don’t pick flowers or remove plants.
  • If you pack it in, pack it out. Never use glitter, confetti, smoke bombs or other potentially hazardous items.
  • Be mindful of other visitors.
  • Respect the wildlife.

Thank you for respecting Boise’s beautiful parks and open space reserves!

Have questions or need location advice?

Contact the Boise Parks and Recreation Department via email or by calling 208-608-7600 ext. 5.

Click here to learn more about obtaining a commercial photo or video permit. 

Areas Impacted by Off Trail Use, Litter Left Behind

Wildflower meadow trample damage
This photo from 2022 shows trampled wildflower meadow habitat off the main path in Kathryn Albertson Park.
Glitter on sidewalk
Glitter leftover from a photo shoot along the Greenbelt. This is very difficult to clean up and remove.

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