Rock Cairns In Montana May Seem Cool But They Pose A Danger To Hikers

From the outside looking in many people may think that there isn't much to do in Montana.

What residents know is that while we might not have all the glitz and glamour that comes with living in a major city, we've got the absolute best outdoor activities in America.

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While Montana doesn't lack for year round outdoor activities, there does seem to be more to do as the weather warms up in Montana.

One our families favorite things to do in the summer is to go hiking, and if you have ever hiked in Montana you may have come across what are called "Rock Cairns."

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A pair of hikers pass a rock cairn on the path

Park Rangers Say To Knock Them Down As You Come Across Them

Rock Cairns are used as identifiers or markers along the hiking trail.

They are meant to say "you're on the right path," but Park Rangers say they should be knocked down, so why is that?

Well according to a statement from the Yosemite National Park Facebook page, these stacks can upset insects, reptiles, and microorganisms.

The post goes on to say that while rock cairns are great for navigation, they should only be built by park rangers themselves.

So the next time you see one of these rock stack formations, go ahead and knock them down.

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