Care For Colorado Leave No Trace

Care For Colorado & Recreate Responsibly

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Are you Colo-Ready? Colorado’s natural beauty requires visitor assistance.


As a Care for Colorado Stewardship Partner, we are pleased to share ways you can protect its natural beauty!

Know before you go:

This land really is your land. Our state and federal agencies manage 42% of Colorado’s majestic landscape, and our cities and counties maintain even more. Learn about and respect the spaces we all own, share and sing about.

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‘Are You Colo-Ready?’ Brochure: The Traveler Safety Edition
Leave No Trace- Care for Colorado Principles

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01. Know Before You Go 

  • Our state & federal agencies manage 42% of Colorado’s majestic landscape, & our cities & counties maintain even more. Learn about & respect the spaces we all share.

  • Stay back from the pack. Find your way to less-visited and off-peak destinations to minimize downtime & maximize your connection with special places.

  • Bring along reusable water bottles or hot drink tumblers to limit waste and stay hydrated in our dry climate.

02. Stick to Trails 

  • With 39,000 marked trails & 13,000 designated campsites, there’s no need to venture beyond. By sticking to these areas & camping at least 200 feet from lakes, rivers & streams, you’re helping natural areas stay natural.

  • Even though shortcuts can be tempting, please don’t take them. A few extra strides on the path will protect plants & the homes of the true locals.

03. Leave It As You Found It

  • Leave plants, rocks & historical items as you find them so others experience the joy of discovery.

  • Any of our 750 different species of wildflowers will live forever in a photo. Snap away, but only with a camera.

  • Colorado is beautiful all on its own. Building structures or campsites on public land isn’t cool. Keep it pristine for everyone to enjoy.

  • Treat all living things with respect. Carving or hacking plants & trees may kill or disfigure them.

04. Trash the Trash

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Or pick it up to leave a place better than you found it. Put litter, even crumbs, peels, and cores in your nearest waste/recycling bin.

  • Wash yourself, your dog, or whatever else needs cleaning at least 200 feet from waterways, & use biodegradable soap. A bubble bath is no treatment for fish.

  • If you have to poo, walk at least 70 steps from trails, water & people. Dig a cat hole 6 inches deep, do your thing in the hole, cover it and pack out your TP. Or, use a wag bag (a disposable bag found in most outdoor stores) so you can pack out your waste

05. Be Careful with Fire 

  • Colorado’s low humidity has perks but can create dry, dangerous conditions. Keep campfires small & manageable to avoid sparking wildfires.

  • When putting out a fire, water it until you can handle the embers. Never let a fire burn unattended.

  • Use care when smoking in Colorado’s dry climate. Always put cigarettes out completely, & don’t leave your butts behind.

  • Always check for local fire restrictions.

06. Keep Wildlife Wild 

  • Colorado is home to tens of thousands of furry, scaly & feathered creatures. To keep them – & you – safe, don’t approach them.

  • It is not adorable to feed wild animals. You could alter natural behaviors, exposing them to predators, or even euthanasia.

  • Keep your furry buddies leashed when enjoying dog-friendly trails, & pack out their waste. All the way to a trashcan.

07. Share Our Trails & Parks

  • Chances are you’re not out in nature to people watch, so try out the lesser-known paths and sites.

  • Silence your cell phone before stepping into nature, & speak softly without using the speaker function.

  • Be considerate when passing others on the trails and yield to the uphill hiker and biker – they need the momentum.

  • Listen to nature. Keep your voice and music soft so all can enjoy the peace of Colorado.

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