Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Each year, more and more Americans load up their gear and head for the mountains. Those venturing into rugged Southwestern mountains find deserts, forests, and high alpine country overshadowed by snow-covered peaks. Here one may travel miles and find few signs of humans. Above timberline, there is a whole new world of challenges for the most experienced.

Certain safety procedures should be followed by all visitors. Failure to observe safety rules leads to accidents and sometimes death. Changes of becoming a statistic in the records of search and rescue teams will be greatly reduced by following these safety rules.

  • Safety Tips for Outdoors
    Safety procedures should be followed by all visitors. Failure to observe safety rules leads to accidents and sometimes death. This page lists a number of procedures to help you have a fun and safety time.
  • Heat Stress
    It doesn't take long to develop heat stress in the arid Southwest.  Be aware!
  • Exposure/Hypothermia
    Read up on the prevention, symptoms and treatment before your next trip to the forest!
  • Abandoned Mine Safety
    This page list where you can find more information about abandoned mine and cave safety.


https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r3/recreation/safety-ethics