Cache la Poudre Wilderness

Safety Information

Wilderness safety

  • Ticks - check yourself frequently during the spring and summer.
  • Rattlesnakes can be found locally, so watch where you reach and step.
  • Rivers run fast and high during spring run-off. The fast currents can be hazardous.
  • Hypothermia is the rapid cooling of core body temperature.
  • Be alert for symptoms of overexertion and chilling.
  • Afternoon lightning storms are common spring and summer. To avoid danger, hike early in the day and if caught in a storm, move out of high, open areas.
  • Boil water before drinking or use another recommended method of purification to kill Giardia and other hazardous organisms.
  • Carry first-aid supplies and emergency equipment.
  • Sunscreen is recommended at high altitude.
  • Bad weather conditions may appear suddenly and summer may transform to winter in minutes.
  • Be prepared. Check our safety page for other general guidelines.

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