Leave No Trace Blogs

Sep 13, 2017
Guffey, CO: Guffey Gorge (a.k.a. Paradise Cove), a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot, is Instagram famous. Once a local secret, this 80-acre gorge, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, boasts a gorgeous waterfall that tumbles from... Read More
Sep 09, 2017
Ten Sleep, WY: Dirty dishwater and food scraps can pollute our rivers, lakes, and streams, which is why Leave No Trace always recommends doing your dishes at least 200 feet, or 70 big steps, away from any water sources. Even... Read More
Sep 08, 2017
La Crosse, WI: Fall is rapidly descending, bringing cooler temperatures, cloudier days, and decreased daylight. Under these conditions, it can sometimes be a struggle to both get the most fun out of the sun and settle into camp... Read More
Sep 07, 2017
New Paltz, NY: The Peekamoose Blue Hole has become an Internet celebrity. Now selected, as a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot, the Blue Hole needs a new type of fame, one that recognizes its fragile ecology. This geologic formation is... Read More
Sep 04, 2017
Madison, WI: When we think of trail maintenance, we often think of experienced workers, with large packs and larger tools, hiking in many miles with everything from McLeods to pick mattocks. But you don't have to be an experienced... Read More
Aug 31, 2017
Denning, NY: Earlier this summer, the acclaimed Hot Spot program visited New York’s Catskills region, targeting an area called Peekamoose Blue Hole. This once-tranquil swimming spot has recently seen an explosion in popularity,... Read More
Aug 27, 2017
Estes Park, CO: Researchers in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park were greeted with exciting findings earlier this year when samples of bear scat mixed with soil in the Park's greenhouse yielded more than 1,200 Oregon-grape and... Read More
Aug 27, 2017
Boulder, CO: Planning an overnight backcountry trip and not sure where to start? Or just want to make sure you’re minimizing your impacts in the backcountry? Either way, check out the video below for pro tips on what to do before... Read More
Aug 17, 2017
Boulder, CO: Scientific research is increasingly demonstrating what many of us have known for years - time spent in nature is an overwhelmingly restorative experience. The mounting body of evidence continues to show that time spent... Read More
Aug 16, 2017
Franconia Notch, NH: This unique environment is home to hundreds of species of plants, insects, lichens, and wildlife. The organisms living here are only found in this elevation and environment, making them incredibly rare. When... Read More