Mountain Manners has created 10 fun and easy to remember "manners" to help recreators when in the outdoors. These tips are meant to help everyone "preserve the beauty that brought you here."
Hikers enjoying the Wildflower Capitol of Colorado.
MANNER #1: It’s Okay to Follow the Beaten Path
Straying from the designated paths can cause harmful erosion or irreversible damage to vegetation and lower soil quality. So we ask you to take the road most traveled (much to Robert Frost's dismay.)
MANNER #2: Scoop the Poop
Your #2 is becoming our #1 issue. If it’s your pet’s, please pick it up! If it’s your own, practice your cat hole skills and bury your business 6”-8” inches. Want to act like a true outdoorsperson? Pack out everything (yes, we mean everything!) that you brought into this fragile area.
MANNER #3: Speak Up
If you see someone not minding their manners, don’t be scared to start a conversation. Help out your fellow outdoorswomen and men by politely reminding them why mountain etiquette is the way to go. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new hiking buddy!
MANNER #4: Cache the Car
Road degradation, fumes from vehicles, and noise pollution all put stress on the local flora and fauna. Instead try to walk, pedal, or take the painted buses to get from here to there. In the Gunnison Valley it’s cool to be out of a vehicle.
MANNER #5: Use the Rule of Thumb
When there's an animal in the distance, are you far enough away so you can close one eye and cover the entire creature with your thumb? If not, you’re too close! Keep a safe distance from wildlife to ensure the safety and happiness of both parties.
MANNER #6: Be a Good “Roll” Model
Avoid riding on our private ranchlands. Download biking and hiking maps on cbgtrails.com to be sure you’re on a public trail. Those less familiar with the area will follow your example, so make sure that you are setting a positive one!
MANNER #7: Put Smiles in Everyone’s Miles
Be kind and courteous to all on the trail, even those who aren’t necessarily minding their manners! Flash those pearly whites and don’t hesitate to start a friendly conversation.
MANNER #8: Gather Garbage for Good
Get rid of litter even when it isn’t yours! Trashy areas make for poor pictures and an unhealthy ecosystem. Remember, food trash is litter too! Pack out your fruit peels and eggshells (and don't give the marmots a stomachache.)
MANNER #9: Tent Where it’s Meant
Camping in undesignated area leads to a ripple effect (one person camps there, then thousands camp there). This ruins habitat for native wildlife and destroys precious vegetation. Our Visitors’ Centers have maps of all approved camping in the valley making it easy to become a camping connoisseur.
MANNER #10: Flowers Have Powers When Left on Their Towers
Help keep this area the Wildflower Capital of Colorado! When left alone, flowers influence the local ecosystem all year round, but will only last a few days in a vase. Please don’t rob Colorful Colorado of its colors!