Staying Safe

Hiking is a great way to explore national parks! The best way to have a fun and safe hiking adventure is plan ahead of time. Use these resources to avoid some common mistakes.
Hikers in single file cross a snow field

Hike Smart

Tips on planning your hike, the essential gear you should pack, and how to Hike Smart.

a black bear in the forest

Bear Safety

Learn about hiking in bear country and how to stay safe.

A park ranger ad a visitor look at a map

NPS Trip Planning Guide

Get prepared for your next visit to a national park site.

Our Curated Safety Tips

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