:: Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • - Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.

  • - Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.

  • - Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.

  • - Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.

  • - Repackage food to minimize waste.

  • - Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

:: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • - Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.

  • - Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

  • - Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.

    In popular areas:
    - Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
    - Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
    - Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

    In pristine areas:
    - Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
    - Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

:: Dispose of Waste Properly

  • - Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.

  • - Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the

  •   cathole when finished.

  • - Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

  • - To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. 

  •   Scatter strained dishwater.

:: Leave What You Find

  • - Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.

  • - Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

  • - Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.

  • - Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

:: Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • - Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.

  • - Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.

  • - Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.

  • - Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

:: Respect Wildlife

  • - Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.

  • - Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.

  • - Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.

  • - Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.

  • - Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

:: Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • - Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.

  • - Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.

  • - Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.

  • - Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.

  • - Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises

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