Leave No Trace

 

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the public lands.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into groups of 4-6.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses, or snow.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.

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.
  • Pack out all solid human waste in wag tag bags.
  • Latrine should be set up at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails.
  • 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.

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