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.