and Tips to
Your Outdoor Adventures Safe and Enjoyable!
Leave No Trace (LNT)
"Common sense for the backyard
and the backcountry"
of parks and recreation facilities available for
us are finite. Without using a little bit of
common sense and courtesy when we hit the trail,
future visitors, and indeed, future generations
may not have the same wonderful experiences that
we have had.
the environment by remembering that while you
are there, you are a visitor. When you visit the
outdoors, take special care of the area. Leave
everything just as you find it or better. If you
see trash, take it out even itís not yours.
trail riding, and hiking without a trace are
signs of a considerate outdoorsman who cares for
the environment. Travel lightly on the land so
that our children's children can do the same.
Main principles of Leave No
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
- Use a map, compass, and
GPS to eliminate the use of marking paint,
rock cairns or flagging.
Pack it in and Pack it out
Don't leave your trash on the
trail or at your camp. We've all seen empty
cans, bottles, and candy wrappers on the trail.
Since you care enough to read this, we'll assume
that you're the considerate type that wouldn't
leave your garbage. So let's take LNT to the
next level and when we see trash on the trail
take it with you. Leave the trail and the
backcountry better than you found it.
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.
Travel and Camp on Durable
- 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
- 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
- Keep campsites small.
Focus activity in areas where vegetation
- In pristine
- Disperse use to
prevent the creation of campsites and
- Avoid places where
impacts are just beginning.
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.
- 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.
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
- To wash yourself or your
dishes, carry water 200 feet away from
streams or lakes and use small amounts of
biodegradable soap. Scatter strained
Be Considerate of Other
- 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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