You are responsible for your safety.
Natural areas present hazards. Cold temperatures, icy or uneven ground, wild animals, biting insects, and changing weather all pose dangers. Rocks roll, trees topple, and limbs drop without warning. People create other hazards with campfires, traffic, snowplay, and poor decisions.
The National Park Service works to reduce risks, but your safety is in your own hands. Keep alert, read warnings, and ask a ranger for advice.
Trees that have died, are weak, or have shallow root systems may fall at any time.
Some of our charismatic creatures, such as bears, can pose a danger to visitors.
Insect Bites, Diseases, Poisonous Plants
Insects, rodents, and poison oak can be sources of illness and disease.
Driving Mountain Roads
Learn to safely navigate park roads, filled with twists, turns, and steep grades.
High-elevation hiking involves risks. Get safety information to prepare for your trip.
Watch for hazards such as lightning, falling trees and pinecones, and bears seeking human foods.
Last updated: November 17, 2020