|By Colorado Division of Wildlife
Camping can cause significant impacts on public lands. You can
minimize much of your impact by following these guidelines:
- Hundreds of campsites have been established over the
years and are apparent along many forest service roads. Use
established areas as much as possible.
- Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days at all campgrounds.
- Campsites must be at least 100 feet from streams, lakes or
- Occupy as small of an area as possible. Avoid trampling grass
- Do not dig a trench around your tent site.
- Unless otherwise posted, you can only drive a vehicle 100 feet
off of an established road to set up camp. However, you cannot
drive off of an established road into an area if your vehicle would
cause resource damage. So don't drive into wet areas, or in areas
recently soaked by rain or snow.
- Using a stove is safer, easier and causes less impact than
using a fire for cooking.
- Collect all cooking grease in a can and carry it out. Do not
dump it on the ground.
- Collect "microtrash" by straining cook water and wash water.
Then dump the debris in your garbage container. Small particles of
food on the ground will attract insects and wildlife to the
- Bring firewood or collect deadfall for campfires. It is illegal
to cut down trees - even if they appear to be dead.
- Keep campfires small.
- Be aware of local regulations – fire bans are common in the
fall. Be careful with fires, do not leave them unattended. Put
fires out every night.
- Do not bury trash; do not burn items that contain aluminum foil
or any type of metal.
- After shopping, attempt to minimize the amount of packaging
materials brought to camp. Less material means you'll have less
garbage to store and pack out.
- When you leave camp for the day, store all food and garbage
securely inside vehicles, trailers or bear-proof containers.
Leaving food and garbage out will attract animals – including
bears. Animals will chew through bags and force open containers.
- At camp, collect human feces in a bag or a bucket; then carry
it out. Sanitary bags and chemicals are available at camp stores
and on-line. Human waste at thousands of campsites is an
environmental and sanitary concern.
- Pack out all trash. Inspect your camp carefully after it is
packed up. Leave your camp cleaner than how you found it.
Related Links & Resources:
Camping at Mammoth Cave National Park
Camping at Big South Fork NRRA
● Camping Games
Car Camping Check List
Smoky Mountains Camping
Kentucky National Parks