Safety & Trail Tips

Safety First, especially in the backcountry. You’ll often hear “Done by 1” especially on 14’ers, to avoid quickly approaching afternoon thunderstorms. Before you get out to explore our trails, make sure you’re prepared by following these other safety tips:
  • Travel in pairs and always tell someone where you are going and when you plan on returning.
  • Always bring water, and more than you think you will need. It’s a good idea to bring snacks as well, even if going for a quick trip.
  • Check the weather, but also be aware that weather in the mountains can change quickly; make sure to bring layers, including warm clothing and a rain jacket. Have the right gear for your trip, including proper footwear, a backpack, a first aid kit, bug spray and sunscreen.
  • Bring a map, and don’t rely solely on cell phone GPS, as cell service can be spotty once on the trail.
  • Be sure to research your trip ahead of time, ensuring the trail’s difficulty rating, elevation gain, and length match your goals and skill level.
  • If going to a remote area, bring extra supplies.
  • LaPlata County Search and Rescue mission is to provide unpaid professionals who are trained and dedicated with necessary equipment, knowledge and resources to assist the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department in search and rescue operations and public safety in back-country and technical setting.
  • Purchase a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card. Cards are $3 for one year or $12 for five years, and can be purchased online.LaPlata County Search and Rescue’s mission is to provide unpaid professionals who are trained and dedicated with necessary equipment, knowledge and resources to assist the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department in search and rescue operations and public safety in back-country and technical setting.

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