Backcountry Food Storage

Backcountry Food Storage Locker
Backcountry Food Storage Lockers

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Black bears, javelinas, skunks, rodents and other animals may explore your campsite looking for food scraps. Do your part to properly store food, water, and edible items from animals whether backpacking in the Chisos Mountains or camping at a primitive roadside campsite.

Water Storage

The Homer Wilson storage boxes are for WATER STORAGE ONLY. Water must be marked with a name and a predicted date out. Food left in the boxes is subject to removal.

Food Storage

All food, water, food products, food trash, unclean cooking utensils and other aromatic items must be stored in a hard-sided vehicle, or provided bear resistant storage locker—unless items are closely attended and within arms-reach.
The caching of food and water is prohibited unless items are stored within a bear resistant storage container that has been certified and approved by the Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group (SIBBG) or the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC).
Allowed Canisters

Allowed Backpacks

  • Wise Backpack

Keep a Clean Camp

Cook away from your sleeping area. Dispose of cooking water in camper sinks in the Chisos Basin campground or well away from camp in the backcountry. Strain water to insure food scraps aren't dumped on the ground.

Break Down Your Tent When Not In Use
Wildlife can be curious or attracted by food smells and may explore your tent. Consider leaving backpacks open at night, too.

Pack Out All Trash, Including Food Scraps and Grease
Don't leave food or trash in the storage locker.

Last updated: December 24, 2015

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