Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety: Know Before You GoDecember 18, 2020
If you head into the Colorado backcountry this winter, please be sure you’re prepared.
Did you know that search and rescue calls at Leadville and Twin Lakes were up 300% in summer 2020? And that many were from visitors?
Lake County search and rescue teams are preparing for an active winter. Thanks to Covid-19, many new outdoor-lovers are expected to explore the woods for their first winter.
Check out the resources below before you enter the backcountry. Take the Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Pledge. And have a fun and safe trip!
Staying Safe in the Backcountry in Winter
If you venture into the backcountry this winter, please do so safely. We can help!
The Colorado Tourism Office has put together an extensive Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Toolkit. Check it out to:
1) Take a Safety Class
2) Find Guides, Outfitters & Training
3) Locate Danger Areas
Check the daily avalanche forecast.
4) Practice Covid-19 Safety
Learn about Colorado travel during Covid-19.
5) Learn How to Play it Safe in Colorado’s Backcountry.
Learn how to play it safe in Colorado’s backcountry: Know before you go, recreate responsibly, and care for Colorado.
6) Find Resources by Sport
Find resources by sport from ice climbing to winter wildlife viewing.
7) Care for Colorado
See how to Care for Colorado. It’s the only one we’ve got!
8) Donate to Colorado Search & Rescue
When you donate to Colorado Search & Rescue, you help those who help others.
Sign the Pledge
Please sign the Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Pledge!
Please pledge to follow the guidelines below so that you may understand the risks involved in exploring the backcountry and do your best to play it safe:
Know Before You Go
- Know Your Destination
- Know Your Equipment
- Know the Weather
- Know Your Limits
- Recreate Knowledgeably
- Recreate Inclusively
- Recreate Considerately
Care for Colorado
- Trash the Trash
- Leave It As You Found It
- Be Careful with Fire
- Keep Wildlife Wild
Know before you go. Approach our majestic mountains with respect. And have a safe and wonderful trip!