Connecting federal employees, scientists, educators, and the public with their wilderness heritage
What is "Leave No Trace" camping?
In wilderness, "...man himself is a visitor who does not remain." When visitors leave evidence of their journeys, the next visitor loses the sense of solitude and undisturbed recreation opportunities. Wilderness visitors can take responsibility for being unnoticed, leaving no trace. They should pack all trash out of the wilderness, use a lightweight stove instead of a fire, stay on designated trails in heavily-used areas, keep group size small, camp 200 feet or more from trails and water bodies, wash away from water sources, make sure that horses and stock do not damage campsites or overgraze areas, and leave cultural resources in place.