Photograph provided by Mitch Warnick


Long Term Negative Impacts

Irresponsibly recreating on public lands can have detrimental effects on the area for decades to come. Native vegetation, local wildlife, and water quality can all be negatively impacted by citizens not doing their part to protect the lands. Below are a few photos displaying some examples of people not following their Mountain Manners.


Trash leftover in an undesignated campsite can destroy native habitat.

Trash leftover in an undesignated campsite can destroy native habitat.

Carvings on aspen trees are permanent marks. 

Carvings on aspen trees are permanent marks. 

Trails are closed at times to help the vegetation recover and preserve habitat for wildlife and need time to rest from recreation.

Trails are closed at times to help the vegetation recover and preserve habitat for wildlife and need time to rest from recreation.

Driving off road can cause permanent damage to native vegetation.

Driving off road can cause permanent damage to native vegetation.

Dog waste can spread diseases to local wildlife and contaminate water sources. Picking up your dog waste can prevent this!

Dog waste can spread diseases to local wildlife and contaminate water sources. Picking up your dog waste can prevent this!

Monument plants only bloom once in their 60 year lifetime. This one has been trampled on and may never get the chance to flower!

Monument plants only bloom once in their 60 year lifetime. This one has been trampled on and may never get the chance to flower!