Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know the regulations and concerns for the area in which you’ll be camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, boating, riding horses, biking, 4-wheeling or fishing. Camp and travel in small groups.
Avoid popular areas during heavy use times. Learn to properly store your food to protect it from bears and other animals. Repackage food into re-usable containers like Ziploc bags. Avoid tin or aluminum cans and glass. Reduce the amount of trash brought into the woods by eliminating all unnecessary packaging. Stay on designated trails while hiking or backpacking. Walk single file in the center of the path. Use existing trails. Don’t shortcut switchbacks.
If traveling cross-country hike on surfaces like rock, sand, gravel, pine needles, or dry grasses to prevent vegetation damage and erosion.
Dispose of Waste Properly
Pack It In, Pack It Out. If it wasn’t there when you came then don’t leave it there when you leave! You are responsible for anything you bring in with you. Carry out all your trash.
Make your site or travel route look like nobody was ever there. Leave no signs of human influence. Remove all evidence of your stay. Inspect your campsite for trash or misplaced gear before you leave. Pick up trash that others may have missed or that were dropped by accident.
Bury human waste in cat holes about 6-8” deep 200 feet from any water sources, campsites, or trails. Carry out used toilet paper. Carry out feminine hygiene products. Do not bury them.
Wash yourself and dishes 200 feet from any water sources and away from campsites. Food scraps will attract insects and animals. Filter your dishwater and carry out your food scraps with the rest of your trash.
Leave What You Find
Take only pictures, leave only the lightest of footprints. Bring home only memories. Resist the temptation to take souvenirs. Leave stones, feathers, artifacts, shells, petrified wood, etc. so others may enjoy them.
Respect Mother Nature
Leave the place you’re visiting in a natural condition. You can’t improve Nature. Do not alter a site in any way. Good campsites are found, not made.
Make sure your fire is completely out before leaving an area. Scatter your leftover cold ashes over a large area away from campsites.
Treat the animals with respect. You are a visitor, traveling and camping in their backyard. Do not feed them! Cook and eat away from your campsite so you don’t attract bears.
Camp at least 200 feet from water. Animals come to water to drink and may be scared off.
Be Considerate of Others
Preserve the solitude. Respect other hikers by traveling and camping quietly. Keep radios at home.
Camp as far from other visitors. Pets are best left at home. If you do bring a pet keep them on a leash and under control at all times. Uphill hikers have the right of way.