Depending on where you camp, you may be able to talk to a park ranger or a campsite host. They'll likely have current information about the park's outdoor conditions, regulations, and possible alerts. Be sure to ask the ranger or host about these topics:
- Environmental Hazards - For example, are there any rock falls, fire, wildlife, high water in streams from recent rainfall events, or other conditions to be aware of?
- Weather - Is there any rain, wind, snow, or extreme temperatures forecast that could affect your planned activity? You can also check the local newspaper, weather-related website, or radio station for the weather report.
- Park Regulations - Does the park have rules about open fires? Depending on the park, season, and climate conditions, fire bans may be in effect. Also, ask about proper disposal of food and other trash. Many parks require the use of food storage containers to keep wildlife out of the campground.
Last updated: September 6, 2016