Colorado has an abundance of trails, from easy to difficult. But hiking isn’t any fun if we don’t follow a few basic rules. Here are some tips from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Review and respect trail signage. Many multi-use trails have right-of-way indicators, as well as displaying alternating days or directions for different types of traffic; obeying the signs and rules make the trails safer for everyone. Additionally, wildlife warnings may be posted at trailheads or online, so ensure you are prepared with water, the right clothing and equipment, and learn about closures before you go.
Courtesy counts. Follow the rules and the law by keeping your dogs safe and secure. Dogs should be kept on a 6’ or shorter leash unless in a specified off-leash area. This keeps the dog on the trail, close to its owner and away from inadvertent wildlife encounters. If you bring your dog camping or hiking, follow posted signs about where they are – and are not – allowed to walk and swim. Always bring appropriate waste bags to pick up dog waste and carry it out with you in case a trash can is not located nearby.
Motorized vehicles. If using motorized vehicles on our state’s trails, remember that off-highway vehicles must be registered and/or permitted with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) include motorcycles, dirt bikes, three-wheelers, ATVs, and dune buggies that are operated on public land or trails in Colorado. As with all motorized vehicles, do not operate under the influence!
“We had great snow this winter, so we are expecting high water levels across the state. This is really good news in a lot of ways, but could create some hazardous conditions,” said Seubert. “Make sure to check in on local water conditions, fire bans, wildlife closures and other issues that might affect your plans before heading out on your adventures this summer. We hope to see you out there, safely enjoying your summer while you live life outside.”
To learn more about the wide variety of summer activities in the Centennial State, visit cpw.state.co.us