What can you do to care for Colorado?

Once upon a fleeting time, an organization called the Colorado Tourism Office partnered with Leave No Trace to come up with 7 Care for Colorado Principles. They both decided more people needed to know these practices to protect Colorado’s natural resources. What are natural resources?

There are seven Care for Colorado Principles. Watch the video and learn the Care for Colorado, song sung by Micah Morris, on the Colorado Tourism website!

“Care for Colorado. It’s the only one we got. Respect the place, leave no trace. It sure would help a lot!

Here’s how we do it: 

#1. Know Before You Go! And go where fewer people go. 

      And keep yourself hydrated. Disposables are over-rated.

#2. Stick to the Trails! The Rocky Mountains don’t have rails. 

      A new path may seem fun, but it causes lots of erosion.

#3. Leave It As You Found It! The flowers and the trees. 

      We don’t need to know who you dated in 1983.

Care for Colorado. It’s the only one we got. Respect the place, leave no trace. It sure would help a lot!

#4. Trash the trash! Do we really need to write a clever lyric about putting your trash in the trash can?

     And keep in mind you’d hate to find, A domestic critter’s leave-behind.

#5. Be Careful with Fire! Make sure they’re out and won’t grow higher. 

     Even a little cigarette haze could cause a major forest blaze.

#6. Keep Wildlife Wild! They may be cuddly and cute

      But give them food and I’m telling you, Dude, best not get them riled.

#7. Share Our Trails and Parks! in every kind of weather. 

      Be respectful of other’s space. We’re all in this together  

Care for Colorado. It’s the only one we got. Respect the place, leave no trace. And thank you, you really helped a lot!

©Leave No Trace: www.LNT.org.

Fun Facts to Remember

*Colorado has 39,000 marked trails and 13,000 designated campsites!  By sticking to these areas and camping at least 200 feet from lakes, rivers and streams, you’re helping natural areas stay natural

*State and federal agencies protect 42% of Colorado’s majestic landscape.

*There are 750 different species of wildflowers. will live forever in a photo. Carving or hacking plants and trees may kill them. 

*Wash yourself, your dog, or whatever else needs cleaning at least 200 feet from waterways and use biodegradable soap. A bubble bath is no treat for fish.

*When putting out a fire, water it until you can handle the embers. Never leave a fire burn unattended. Always check for local fire restrictions.

*Feeding wild animals can alter natural behaviors, exposing them to predators or even death.

*It’s important to yield to the uphill hiker and biker- they need the momentum.   

*Silence your cell phone before stepping into nature and speak softly without using the speaker function. Keep your voice and music soft so all can enjoy the peace of Colorado.

*Above all, remember this, Colorado Kids don’t destroy, they Create!