Leave No Trace
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
- Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
- Visit the backcountry in small groups.
- Avoid popular areas during times of high use.
- Choose equipment and clothing in subdued colors.
- Repackage food into reusable containers.
CAMP AND TRAVEL ON DURABLE SURFACES
ON THE TRAIL
- Stay on designated trails. Walk single file in the middle of the path.
- Do not shortcut switchbacks.
- When traveling cross-country, choose the most durable surfaces available: rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
- Use a map and compass to elimate the need for rock cairns, tree scars and ribbons.
- Step to the downhill side of the trail and talk softly when encountering pack stock.
- Choose an established, legal site that will not be damaged by your stay.
- Restrict activities to the area where vegetation is compacted or absent.
- Keep pollutants out of water sources by camping at least 200 feet (70 adult steps) from lakes and streams.
PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT
- Pack everything that you bring into wild country back out with you.
- Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations securely.
- Pick up all spilled foods.
PROPERLY DISPOSE OF WHAT YOU CAN'T PACK OUT
- Deposit human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp or trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
- Use toilet paper or wipes sparingly. Pack them out in plastic bags.
- To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes, and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter dish water after removing all food particles.
- Inspect your campsite for trash and evidence of your stay. Pack out all trash:yours and others'
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
- Treat our natural heritage with respect. Leave plants, rock, and historical artifacts as you find them.
- Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site should not be necessary.
- Let nature's sounds prevail. Keep loud voices and noises to a minimum.
- Control pets at all times. Remove dog feces from trails or camping areas.
- Do not build structures or furniture or dig trenches.
MINIMIZE USE AND IMPACT OF FIRES
- Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Always carry a lightweight stove for cooking. Enjoy a candle lantern instead of a fire.
- Where fires are permitted , use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. Do not scar large rocks or overhangs.
- Gather sticks, no larger than an adult's wrist from the ground.
- Do not snap branches off live, dead or downed trees.
- Put out campfires completely.
- Remove all unburned trash from fire ring, and scatter the cool ashes over a large area well away from camp.
ENJOY AMERICA'S WILD COUNTRY AND LEAVE NO TRACE