Learn more about our commitment to safeguarding Grand County's stunning landscapes and natural resources, and discover how to practice responsible outdoor recreation and conservation.
Roam Responsibly in Grand County
#StandGrand: A stewardship campaign started by Grand Places 2050. Our mission is to protect the natural beauty of Grand County. Join us in conserving our lands, waters and wildlife for a future full of outdoor adventure. Learn More
Save Our Region’s Water
For over two decades, Grand County has experienced a historic drought. As the headwaters of the Colorado River, it is incumbent upon the community and its valued visitors to be good stewards of this crucial water source. Learn More
Care for Colorado Leave No Trace Principles
Care for Colorado Leave No Trace Principles show visitors and locals how to enjoy and protect the state's abundant natural beauty. Follow this framework to minimize your impact on the environment while preserving our pristine landscapes. Learn More
Follow the “rule of thumb”. If you can cover the animal with your thumb, you're at a safe distance. Store food, trash and scented items in bear-proof containers to avoid unwanted interactions.
Stay on designated trails, even in less-than-ideal conditions. It protects wildlife, prevents erosion and ensures you remain on the safest terrain. If you're camping, choose a designated campsite.
Ensure campfires are permitted in your area. Once lit, keep them small and monitored, and extinguish fully when finished. Be careful when smoking, discarded butts are common causes of wildfires.
Always pack out your trash, including peels and cores. No restroom? Be ready with a disposable WAG bag or bury your business 8 inches deep, at least 70 steps from all water sources and trails.
Never take plants, rocks or cultural items you find while exploring. Keep gear clean to prevent the spread of invasive species and preserve the landscape. Even minor damage can have a lasting impact.
Respect fellow adventurers in Grand County. Be mindful of noise and yield to uphill hikers and bikers who need the momentum. Always give priority to wheelchair users and equestrians on the trail.
Grand County weather is as varied as our activity options. Be prepared with warm layers, sun protection and a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. Explore lesser-traveled sites to avoid the crowds.