Rules of the Trail
We also follow and believe in Colorado’s Outdoor Principles. Colorado’s Outdoor Principles are a set of seven guidelines for advancing outdoor recreation and conservation. These include:
- Public Lands – Outdoor recreation and conservation require that a diversity of lands and waters be publicly owned, available for public access, and cared for properly.
- Private Lands – Within Colorado’s diversity of land and waters, private land provides a balance of conservation and access for outdoor recreation and conservation of landscapes.
- Working Together – Both recreation and conservation are needed to sustain Colorado’s quality of life. Both are beneficial to local economic well-being, for personal health, and for sustaining Colorado’s natural resources.
- Minimize Impact – All recreation has an impact. Coloradans have an obligation to minimize these impacts across the places they recreate and the larger landscape through ethical outdoor behavior.
- Management and Education – Proactive management solutions, combined with public education, is necessary to care for land, water, and wildlife, and to provide the protections needed to maintain quality recreation opportunities.
- Science-based Decisions – Physical, biological and social science must inform the management of outdoor recreation.
- Stable Funding – Long-term, stable and diverse funding sources are essential to protect the environment and support outdoor recreation.