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Care for Colorado Leave No Trace 

Exploring the great outdoors is a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of Colorado. Whether you are hiking through Pueblo's many parks, camping in the great outdoors, or enjoying the waters of Lake Pueblo, it is important to remember to practice Leave No Trace principles to ensure that we are preserving the natural environment for future generations. 
1.  Know Before You Go
2. Stick to the Trails
3. Leave It As You Find It
4. Trash the Trash
5. Be Careful with Fire
6. Keep Wildlife Wild
7. Share Our Trails & Parks

Before embarking on any outdoor adventure, it is important to plan and prepare. This includes researching the area you plan to visit, checking the weather forecast, and bringing appropriate clothing, food, and equipment. In Pueblo's parks and outdoor spaces, be sure to check for any restrictions on fires and camping and plan your trip accordingly. At Lake Pueblo, be aware of any boating regulations and make sure to properly dispose of any fishing line and tackle.

  • Almost half of Colorado is public land. Learn about the area you plan to visit before adventuring out so you can enjoy and help protect the spaces we all share.
  • Colorado’s weather and scenic terrain is stunning but can change drastically. Check conditions before you depart, pack layers, sun protection and rain gear, wear appropriate footwear ... and enjoy your trip.
  • Journey to places with minimal crowds to maximize your connection with the great outdoors. Have a backup plan in case the parking lot at your original destination is full.
  • Pack reusable water bottles to stay hydrated, limit waste and save money.

When exploring the outdoors, it is important to stay on designated trails and camp only in established campsites. This helps to prevent damage to sensitive ecosystems and reduces the impact of human activity. At Pueblo's parks and outdoor spaces, stay on marked trails and avoid trampling vegetation. If camping is allowed, only camp in designated campsites and use established fire rings. At Lake Pueblo, be sure to use designated boat launches and avoid damaging shoreline vegetation. 

  • Embrace the adventure as intended by only walking on designated trails — even if it's wet, muddy, slushy or icy. This will help avoid erosion and protect the homes of local wildlife.
  • Shortcuts and that perfect selfie can be tempting, but staying on the path will decrease your risk of injury and protect trailside plants.
  • Camping? Set up in one of thousands of designated campsites in Colorado. They boast some of the most scenic views and protect the landscapes. And remember to camp at least 200 feet from waterways to leave space for wildlife.

When exploring the outdoors, it is important to leave natural and cultural features undisturbed. 

  • Enjoy discovering plants? Rocks? Historical and cultural items? Be sure to leave them as you found them so everyone can experience the joy of discovery.
  • Colorado has more than 2,000 different species of wildflowers, all with their own unique part to play in our ecosystem. Admire their beauty by taking a photo, not a flower.
  • Cleaning boots, bike tires and water crafts before and after every outing not only makes your gear last longer, it prevents the spread of harmful invasive species.
  • Colorado’s trees give us beautiful leaf peeping photos, shade on summer days, unmatched ski runs and, of course, oxygen (which at this altitude, is a big help). But the smallest carving can kill or disfigure them.

When visiting the outdoors, be sure to pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter. This includes picking up after pets and properly disposing of human waste.

  • Pack in the beautiful views by packing out the trash and leaving a place better than you found it. And make sure not to forget the peels and cores. Just because it’s good for you, doesn’t mean it’s good for the wildlife.
  • No bathroom around? No worries. Be prepared with a disposable WAG bag (found in most outdoor stores), and conveniently pack out your waste. Alternatively, find privacy 70 steps from water and the trail, dig a 6- to 8-inch hole and then bury your business.

Campfires can be a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, but they also have the potential to cause considerable damage if not responsibly managed. When building a campfire, be sure to use established fire rings and only burn small sticks and twigs.

  • Build the perfect Colorado campfire (and avoid sparking a wildfire) by first making sure campfires are allowed in the area. Then, keep them small, manageable and attended. When it’s time to extinguish, make sure the embers are cold to the touch to avoid reigniting a flame.
  • Buy or gather firewood locally; it’ll save you space in your car, plus it prevents the introduction of any invasive species like the destructive pine beetle.
  • Use care when smoking anything (and we do mean anything) in Colorado’s dry climate. One of the biggest causes of fires are discarded butts.

Wildlife is an important part of the natural environment and should be respected from a distance. 

  • Colorado is home to tens of thousands of furry, scaly and feathered creatures. To keep them — and you — safe, make sure to keep you (and your dog’s) distance. And if you’re ever unsure, follow the rule of thumb: If you can cover the entire animal with your thumb, you’re at a safe distance.
  • Everyone loves the smell of bacon (not just humans). So always store food, trash and anything with a scent in bear proof lockers, canisters or secured vehicles. This will protect you and prevent wildlife from being exposed to behavior changes, predators or even euthanasia.
  • Everyone experiences and enjoys the outdoors in different ways. Be mindful of your group's noise level so everyone can appreciate our shared spaces.
  • Yield to the uphill hiker and biker — they need the momentum. Wheelchair users and equestrians always have the right of way.

1. Know Before You Go


Before embarking on any outdoor adventure, it is important to plan and prepare. This includes researching the area you plan to visit, checking the weather forecast, and bringing appropriate clothing, food, and equipment. In Pueblo's parks and outdoor spaces, be sure to check for any restrictions on fires and camping and plan your trip accordingly. At Lake Pueblo, be aware of any boating regulations and make sure to properly dispose of any fishing line and tackle.

  • Almost half of Colorado is public land. Learn about the area you plan to visit before adventuring out so you can enjoy and help protect the spaces we all share.
  • Colorado’s weather and scenic terrain is stunning but can change drastically. Check conditions before you depart, pack layers, sun protection and rain gear, wear appropriate footwear ... and enjoy your trip.
  • Journey to places with minimal crowds to maximize your connection with the great outdoors. Have a backup plan in case the parking lot at your original destination is full.
  • Pack reusable water bottles to stay hydrated, limit waste and save money.

2. Stick to the Trails


When exploring the outdoors, it is important to stay on designated trails and camp only in established campsites. This helps to prevent damage to sensitive ecosystems and reduces the impact of human activity. At Pueblo's parks and outdoor spaces, stay on marked trails and avoid trampling vegetation. If camping is allowed, only camp in designated campsites and use established fire rings. At Lake Pueblo, be sure to use designated boat launches and avoid damaging shoreline vegetation. 

  • Embrace the adventure as intended by only walking on designated trails — even if it's wet, muddy, slushy or icy. This will help avoid erosion and protect the homes of local wildlife.
  • Shortcuts and that perfect selfie can be tempting, but staying on the path will decrease your risk of injury and protect trailside plants.
  • Camping? Set up in one of thousands of designated campsites in Colorado. They boast some of the most scenic views and protect the landscapes. And remember to camp at least 200 feet from waterways to leave space for wildlife.

3. Leave It As You Find It


When exploring the outdoors, it is important to leave natural and cultural features undisturbed. 

  • Enjoy discovering plants? Rocks? Historical and cultural items? Be sure to leave them as you found them so everyone can experience the joy of discovery.
  • Colorado has more than 2,000 different species of wildflowers, all with their own unique part to play in our ecosystem. Admire their beauty by taking a photo, not a flower.
  • Cleaning boots, bike tires and water crafts before and after every outing not only makes your gear last longer, it prevents the spread of harmful invasive species.
  • Colorado’s trees give us beautiful leaf peeping photos, shade on summer days, unmatched ski runs and, of course, oxygen (which at this altitude, is a big help). But the smallest carving can kill or disfigure them.

4. Trash the Trash


When visiting the outdoors, be sure to pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter. This includes picking up after pets and properly disposing of human waste.

  • Pack in the beautiful views by packing out the trash and leaving a place better than you found it. And make sure not to forget the peels and cores. Just because it’s good for you, doesn’t mean it’s good for the wildlife.
  • No bathroom around? No worries. Be prepared with a disposable WAG bag (found in most outdoor stores), and conveniently pack out your waste. Alternatively, find privacy 70 steps from water and the trail, dig a 6- to 8-inch hole and then bury your business.

5. Be Careful with Fire


Campfires can be a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, but they also have the potential to cause considerable damage if not responsibly managed. When building a campfire, be sure to use established fire rings and only burn small sticks and twigs.

  • Build the perfect Colorado campfire (and avoid sparking a wildfire) by first making sure campfires are allowed in the area. Then, keep them small, manageable and attended. When it’s time to extinguish, make sure the embers are cold to the touch to avoid reigniting a flame.
  • Buy or gather firewood locally; it’ll save you space in your car, plus it prevents the introduction of any invasive species like the destructive pine beetle.
  • Use care when smoking anything (and we do mean anything) in Colorado’s dry climate. One of the biggest causes of fires are discarded butts.

6. Keep Wildlife Wild


Wildlife is an important part of the natural environment and should be respected from a distance. 

  • Colorado is home to tens of thousands of furry, scaly and feathered creatures. To keep them — and you — safe, make sure to keep you (and your dog’s) distance. And if you’re ever unsure, follow the rule of thumb: If you can cover the entire animal with your thumb, you’re at a safe distance.
  • Everyone loves the smell of bacon (not just humans). So always store food, trash and anything with a scent in bear proof lockers, canisters or secured vehicles. This will protect you and prevent wildlife from being exposed to behavior changes, predators or even euthanasia.

7. Share Our Trails & Parks


  • Everyone experiences and enjoys the outdoors in different ways. Be mindful of your group's noise level so everyone can appreciate our shared spaces.
  • Yield to the uphill hiker and biker — they need the momentum. Wheelchair users and equestrians always have the right of way.
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