Public lands offer incredible spaces for outdoor recreation. However, with increased use comes … … impact on natural areas if not properly managed. Leaving no trace (LNT) ethics ensure pristine lands remain for all to enjoy. Responsible campers follow basic principles to care for the environment and respect other visitors.
Know regulations, permits required, … … conditions to prepare safely. Use map/compass instead of creating trails. Select previously used campsites in high-use areas when possible.
Stick to Designated Areas
Camp in existing sites away from water sources. Walk single file on trails, even off-trail. Avoid plants, mosses and sensitive soil … … compaction.
Trash Your Trash
Pack it in, pack it out. Dispose of waste properly to avoid pollution, wildlife endangerment. Never bury or burn it – pack out used toilet paper.
Leave What You Find
Preserve cultural, historical and natural artifacts, rocks and plants. Admire from a distance to protect fragile alpine meadows, lichens and more.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Use established fire rings if available. Keep fires small and … … control. Never leave unattended and fully extinguish to prevent wildfires.
Avoid disturbing animals, especially with young. Secure food, toiletries and trash to avoid attracting wildlife to camp. Observe from a safe distance.
Be Considerate of Others
Respect quiet hours and avoid loud noise. Manage pets, give other groups space for privacy and to reduce impact on trails and sites.
Clean Up After Yourself
When departing, take all belongings, trash and used toilet paper. Obscure all evidence of human presence to maintain pristine lands for generations.
Following LNT ethics ensures protected areas remain unspoiled for wildlife and future visitors. Responsible recreation is a small price to pay for access to incredible natural spaces. Leave the outdoors as you found it so others may enjoy its beauty and solace.