Incorporating Respect, Responsibility, and the Leave No Trace Principles into Your Montana Trip

The term “RECREATE RESPONSIBLY” refers to the ethics of caring for the beautiful and often fragile ecosystems of our outdoor areas. It is about respecting animals from a distance, following guidelines and rules – especially staying on trails, and respecting others who also want to enjoy nature’s beauty.

The philosophy behind the “Leave No Trace” principles is to allow all to enjoy wilderness and nature areas as if they were the first to be there and leaving it as undisturbed as possible so the next person will have the same opportunity.

7 Principles of Leave No Trace

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Visit the Leave No Trace organization’s website to learn more.

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