Know before You Go

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Back Country Horsemen Commandments

  1. The horseman shall not keep horses longer than it takes to unpack or pack them in any campsite normally used by hikers. (We suggest horsemen stay away from such camps if possible).
  2. The horseman shall not tie his stock, for more than a short period of time, directly to a tree.
  3. The horseman shall not cut switchbacks.
  4. The horseman shall not leave a campfire unattended.
  5. The horseman shall properly dispose of all manure, bailing twine, wire and waste hay in camp areas, trailheads, or loading areas.
  6. The horseman shall abide by the administrative rules and regulations affecting the area he/she is in.
  7. The horseman shall recognize the fragility of the back country environment and practice minimum impact techniques at all times.

What You Need to Know Before You Go

Caring for Your Horse

What to Do with your Trash in the Back Country

Pack it in, Pack it out

And on the way out, when the panniers are light, try to pick up litter left by others.

Reduce litter at the source

When preparing for your trip, repackage food into reusable containers or remove excess unnecessary packaging. This makes less to pack in and less to haul out.


Trash is the non-food waste brought into the backcountry, usually from packaged products. The best bet is to carry out all trash. Some paper items can be burned in a campfire, but much of the pager packaging used today is lined with non-burnable foil or plastic. These paper products should be packed out with the cans, plastic, foil and glass.

Pack it in. Pack it out.
Leave no trace

Garbage is the food waste left over from cooking. Careful meal planning can easily reduce this waste and minimize the amount of leftovers. In the event you do have leftovers, they should be eaten later or put into a plastic bag or other container and packed out. Burning food waste requires a very hot fire and burying this type of waste is inappropriate because animals will dig it up if it is buried (see special considerations for bear country). Animals, from squirrels to bear, habituated to humans as a source of food can become a nuisance or even a threat to humans. Always pack out everything you brought into the backcountry when you leave.