Leave No Trace
If everyone does their part, we can keep our forests clean! Get the full scoop on how to do your part.
Drown Your Fire
Take a cue from Smokey Bear and make sure that your fire is completely out before leaving your site. Never leave a fire unattended! If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. Before you embark on your camp-out, be sure to check for any fire restrictions that may be in place. Current fire restrictions can be found by visiting your local Forest Service office or website:
Contain Your Food
Wildlife is great to look at from a distance, but the last thing you want is a baby bear rifling through your snack bin. Keep food in coolers or containers and consider putting them in the car when you are away from camp or overnight. Find more wildlife tips here!
Control Your Dog
When you are in the backcountry, dogs generally get to be off leash, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be under your control at all times. If hiking, please be aware of other trail users, especially those with pack animals. In the presence of pack (or wild) animals, grab your dogs leash/collar and prevent barking.
Always be sure to pack water and food for your four-legged friend and plenty of poop bags. Yes, even in the great outdoors, you still need to pick up after your pet!
Respect The Quest For Space
When you want to get away from it all, the last thing you need is for another group to set up camp right next to you. General etiquette suggests that if another group is in the area, put as much distance as possible between you and the surrounding campsites.