Campsite Group

We want the incredible natural sights in the Americas that we visit on our trips to stay that way. That's why we promote a 'Leave No Trace' philosophy on all our tours, ensuring we clean up after ourselves on campsites and trails.

This is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when enjoying the great outdoors.

  • 1) Plan Ahead and Prepare

    > Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
    > Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
    > Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
    > Visit in small groups.
    > Repackage food to minimize waste.
Alaska Small Group Tours
  • 2) Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

    > Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
    > Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
    > Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
    > In popular areas:
          - Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
          - Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
          - Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
    > In pristine areas:
          - Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
          - Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
  • 3) Dispose of Waste Properly

    > Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods.
    > To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and, where possible, use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
  • 4) Leave What You Find

    > Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artefacts.
    > Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
    > Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
    > Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
Hiking at Mount Rainier
  • 5) Minimize Campfire Impacts

    > Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a stove for cooking and lantern for light.
    > Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
    > Keep fires small.
    > Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely.
Campfire Cooking
  • 6) Respect Wildlife

    > Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
    > Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
    > Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
    > Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
Vancouver Island moose
  • 7) Be Considerate of Other Visitors

    > Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
    > Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
    > Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
    > Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
    > Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises
Grand Canyon Hike
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