Outdoor Safety & Ethics


The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

The following topics provide tips and information to help you stay safe while enjoying the great outdoors on the Coconino National Forest.


Ethics and Etiquette

Responsible enjoyment of the Forest helps minimize impacts, maintain the health of the forest, and protect our cultural and historic resources.

  • Leave No Trace: Practice these core principles to ensure you leave the forest as beautiful as you found it.
  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts.
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors.


Additional Useful Resources


Avalanche and Winter Safety

Observation of the first avalanche of the 2015 season on the northeast aspect of Agassiz Peak

Get tips for staying safe while enjoying Arizona's winter wonderland around Flagstaff and Mogollon Rim country.

Bears and Mountain Lions

Black bear peeking through bushes

While bear and mountain lion sightings are infrequent, being prepared for an unexpected encounter can make the difference between a wonderful memory and serious injury.