Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Whether you are camping in a developed campground, hiking for the day or backpacking through the wilderness, ethical behavior and safe practices make for a more enjoyable trip and a sustainable future for the forest.

Traveling in Bear Country
Protect yourself, your property and wildlife: Store your food properly when traveling in bear country.

10 Essentials
Do you carry the 10 essentials? These items help you stay safe, prevent injury, or help you be ready in the event of an incident or injury.

Leave No Trace Principles
Have you ever spent a couple of hours hiking or riding to one of your favorite mountain views or secluded lake, only to find that someone else had left a mess there?  What a difference it would make if you arrived there to find it pristine and beautiful, just as you remembered it?  Learn how to disguise you presence and Leave No Trace.

Wilderness Safety
Do you know what hazards to expect? Are you prepaired?

Wilderness Trip Planning
Knowing what rules apply will help you choose a location that suits your wilderness desires.

Hiking and Camping with your Dog

Mountain Biking in the National Forest

Bighorn Sheep 
Visitors passing near Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep should take extra care to protect these endangered animals. Learn how to travel responsibly in bighorn sheep habitat.

Dispersed Camping Ethics
Have you ever just wanted to drive into the woods and set up camp? You can! It's called dispersed camping and you can follow this link to helpful guidelines that will keep you safe and legal. Remember to always follow the Leave No Trace Principles (above) when dispersed camping.

Safety First
Planning ahead and learning about local emergency services may save time and confusion in an emergency.

General Rules Basic rules for visitors to safely enjoy the forest.