Preserving Nature & Staying Safe

Take only photographs, leave only footprints!

As you prepare for your visit, please remember the following to ensure a safe and memorable trip:

  • Inform your family, friends and the person expecting you of your travel plans.
  • Before starting any activity, always check the weather forecast and ask your host about the weather conditions in the area.
  • Continually monitor the weather forecast when you are on the hiking and bicycle trails.
  • Ask your host about the potential risks associated with your specific travel plans.
  • Assess your physical ability and choose the trails with the appropriate difficulty level.
  • Start off early in the morning and plan enough time for breaks and a safe return.
  • Always return when it is still daylight.
  • Start slowly. Find a suitable and moderate walking speed that matches your physical abilities. Take sufficient breaks, especially if you have a child or an elderly person in your group.
  • Hydrate! Ensure that you have enough water and fluids with you while on trail.
  • Bring the appropriate gear. If you will be in the sun for prolonged periods of time, bring sunscreen and a hat. If you are hiking, make sure you break in your boots or trail shoes.
  • Choose light and airy clothes, but don’t forget to bring the appropriate layers in case of rain and low temperatures.
  • Always have a phone and a First Aid Kit with you in case of emergencies.
  • Take notice of the varying strengths and speeds of all your group members and follow the pace of the slowest person to ensure that no one is left behind.
  • Communicate potential dangers you’ve seen to every hiker or cyclists you meet on the road.
  • Respect and care for nature by avoiding unnecessary noise and not leaving any trash behind.
  • Follow the marked trails and use trail and cycling maps whenever possible.
  • If in doubt, make your way back to home base.

Leave behind what you find

  • Preserve the past. Enjoy what you see, but do not touch the cultural or historical structures you may encounter while on trail.
  • Leave stones, plants, and other objects how you found them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species of flora and fauna.
  • Do not destroy or damage the natural habitat by building structures or digging channels.