Snowy Forest

How to Recreate Responsibly

Winter Edition

In the winter, the environment changes quickly and access points may be more limited. It may not be cold or snowing close to home, but that could change quickly as you venture out. Here are tips to help you #RecreateResponsibly this winter season.

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Know Before You Go

Some areas are seasonally closed or have limited hours, and many places become dangerous with winter weather. Research your destination, weather, and road conditions prior to your trip.

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Plan And Prepare

Know your limits and your gear. Pack extra layers, waterproof clothing, and safety equipment or beacons for the backcountry. Have a Plan B in case you can’t access your destination. 

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Build An Inclusive Outdoors

Everyone deserves to experience a winter wonderland. Be an active part of making the outdoors safe, accessible, and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

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Respect Others

From mountain tops to shores to prairies, parking can be in short supply in the winter. Park only in safe and legal spaces. Learn to Ski Kind or Tread Lightly when skiing, riding, or traversing off-road. 

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Leave No Trace

Respect the land, water, wildlife, and Indigenous communities. Follow the Leave No Trace Winter Use Principles.

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Make it Better

Keep our winter playgrounds clean. Pack out any human or pet waste. Consider your responsibility to take action to protect our climate--today’s snow is tomorrow’s water.

Access the full Winter Edition communications toolkit with graphics. 

Understanding recreating in winter...

Learn how to recreate in winter safely!

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Avalanche Centers

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Know 
Before
You Go

Learn more about avalanche dangers and current avalanche conditions 

Know Before You Go is a free avalanche awareness program that stresses five steps of preparation to ensure the safest possible experience when in uncontrolled areas.

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National Weather Service Local Forecast

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Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Check up on weather conditions and hazards

Learn how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke

Check out these resources to help keep ourselves, others, and our wildlands safe. 

Preventable wildfires threaten lives, property, and our precious natural resources. Whether it is properly extinguishing a campfire or keeping your vehicle maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires; learn how to properly use outdoor equipment; burn debris safely; maintain, and extinguish a campfire; maintain a vehicle and tow safely; and practice fire-safe target shooting are a few.

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