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Are You Backcountry Smart?

From Colorado Tourism Office

Stewardship Wednesday, January 10, 2024

There’s no feeling quite like that of Colorado’s winter backcountry. From the crisp air against your skin and the quiet solitude of the land to the endless opportunities sprawling before you on more than 8.3 million acres of pristine public terrain, becoming immersed in nature is an exciting adventure.

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Colorado’s backcountry offers thrilling opportunities to take your skills to new heights and can be tremendously rewarding when you minimize risk by planning ahead. 

No matter your chosen activity — from hut trips and ski touring to snowmobiling, ice fishing and more — if you plan to head off the beaten path, make sure you do so responsibly. Find your confidence in exploring the Colorado backcountry by being prepared and having the proper training, or by exploring with a certified backcountry guide.

Follow these guidelines for safer recreation on our snowy, unmanaged terrain. Your responsible preparation and behavior now will not only protect others — it just might save your life. 

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