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Mountain Manners: Travel Colorado Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by following a few of these simple rules.
Mountain Manners: Don't pick these beautiful columbines!
Mountain Manners: Don't pick these beautiful columbines!

Manner #1: It’s Okay to Follow the Beaten Path

Straying from the designated paths can cause harmful erosion or irreversible damage to vegetation and lower soil quality. So we ask you to take the road most traveled (much to Robert Frost's dismay).

Manner #2: Scoop the Poop

Your #2 is becoming our #1 issue. If it’s your pet’s, please pick it up! If it’s your own, practice your cat-hole skills and bury your business 6 to 8 inches. Want to act like a true outdoorsperson? Pack out everything (yes, we mean everything!) that you brought.

Manner #3: Speak Up

If you see someone not minding their manners, don’t be scared to start a conversation. Help out your fellow outdoorswomen and men by politely reminding them why outdoor etiquette is the way to go. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new buddy!

Manner #4: Cache the Car

Road degradation, fumes from vehicles and noise pollution all put stress on the local flora and fauna. Instead try to walk, pedal or take public transportation to get from here to there.

Manner #5: Use the Rule of Thumb

When there's an animal in the distance, are you far enough away so you can close one eye and cover the entire creature with your thumb? If not, you’re too close! Keep a safe distance from wildlife to ensure the safety and happiness of both parties.

Manner #6: Be a Good “Roll” Model

Avoid riding on private ranchlands. Download biking and hiking maps to be sure you’re on a public trail. Those less familiar with the area will follow your example, so make sure that you are setting a positive one!

Manner #7: Put Smiles in Everyone’s Miles

Be kind and courteous to all on the trail, even those who aren’t necessarily minding their manners! Flash those pearly whites and don’t hesitate to start a friendly conversation.

Manner #8: Gather Garbage for Good

Get rid of litter even when it isn’t yours! Trashy areas make for poor pictures and an unhealthy ecosystem. Remember, food trash is litter too. Pack out your fruit peels and eggshells (and don't give the marmots a stomachache).

Manner #9: Tent Where It’s Meant

Camping in undesignated area leads to a ripple effect (one person camps there, then thousands camp there). This ruins habitat for native wildlife and destroys precious vegetation. Check local visitor centers and check maps for approved camping areas to become a camping connoisseur.

Manner #10: Flowers Have Powers When Left on Their Towers

When left alone, flowers influence the local ecosystem all year-round, but will only last a few days in a vase. Please don’t rob Colorful Colorado of its colors!


Manners courtesy of Mountain Manners.