Leave No Trace is a national program that promotes responsible outdoor recreation through education, research, and partnerships. The principles of the program encourage safety, leaving minimal impact on the land and wildlife, and maintaining pristine backcountry areas for the benefit of other hikers.
For more information, check out the Leave No Trace website.
PLAN AHEAD & PREPARE
When hiking, you should always carry:
- a map
- a compass
- rain protection
- warm clothing
Know and obey the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit. Be physically and mentally ready for the trip, knowing the ability of every member of the group. Be informed of current weather conditions and other area information. Know and accept risks associated with backcountry experiences. Take responsibility for yourself and your group. Always leave an itinerary with someone at home.
CAMP & TRAVEL ON DURABLE SURFACES
When trail hiking, stick to the trail. Do not widen it or cut switchbacks. When hiking cross-country, pick a route that avoids fragile areas, like alpine or wetland vegetation. Try to walk on bare mineral soil if possible.
PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT
Pack out everything you brought in with you, including cigarette butts, toilet paper, and food scraps.
PROPERY DISPOSE OF HUMAN WASTE
Bury waste in a hole 4-8 inches deep. Pick a site at least 200 ft from water, campsites, or trails. Do not leave toilet paper on the ground - pack it out.
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
Leave used areas, such as campsites, the way you found them. Park regulations prohibit collection of anything, including flowers, rocks, and historical and archeological artifacts. Ask a ranger about exceptions, such as berries and pinyon pine nuts.
MINIMIZE THE USE & IMPACT OF FIRES
Build small fires in pre-existing fire rings or use a camp stove. The park only permits the use of dead and down wood for fires. Bristlecone pine wood may not be burned. Fires are not permitted above 10,000 feet elevation (3,060 m).
Enjoy wildlife from a distance. Never feed wildlife. Secure all food in containers. Please avoid sensitive habitats.