It’s important to follow all Care for Colorado Leave No Trace principles when recreating outside. Following proper bathroom etiquette is especially important as human waste can pollute water sources and spread diseases. Learn about how, when and where to use your PACT Lite Kit below.
The PACT Lite Kit has everything you need to cleanly and safely “go” outside. It comes with a lightweight shovel for digging a cat-hole 6” deep and 4” across. PACT Wipes are dehydrated and compressed and unfold into a 9” towel with a squirt of water. PACT Wipes are free of additives found in TP and conventional wet wipes, so they decompose faster and with minimal impact. PACT Tabs use fungal mycelium to decompose poop in the ground faster while killing harmful pathogens. Add the PACT Wipe and three PACT Tabs to the cat-hole. Fill with dirt and let nature do the rest. Watch this video to learn more.
If you have to go and there is no official bathroom, such as a trailhead or visitor center bathroom, you might need to break out of your PACT Kit. However, there a few things to consider first. Depending on the area, you can bury or pack your waste out. Consider the environment you’re in. Forests and environments with lots of trees have soil that is full of micro-organisms, meaning poop can break down quicker. Deserts and the alpine are drier and rockier; poop won’t decompose as fast. Some places, like national parks or areas that get a high volume of visitors, require you to pack your poop out regardless of the ecosystem. Always research where you’ll be recreating ahead of time to know for sure. Come prepared and follow all regulations.
Always follow Leave No Trace when relieving yourself outside. If you are in an environment where you can bury your poop, make sure you’re 200 feet (which is about 70 adult paces) from water sources, camp and trails. Choose an inconspicuous spot that isn’t highly trafficked to dig your cat hole. When you’re done, make sure you cover the hole completely.
“Doo” Colorado Right is an initiative by PACT Outdoors, Gunnison Crested Butte and the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) to reduce waste in the outdoors. PACT created the PACT Kit as a way to combat the growing problem of overuse in the outdoors. They noticed that with more people using the outdoors, poop was becoming a bigger problem. PACT hopes to educate people and give them the tools to responsibly enjoy the outdoors. This campaign also lines up with the CTO’s statewide Do Colorado Right campaign. This campaign encourages visitors and locals to behave responsibly in Colorado’s outdoors. The “Doo” Colorado Right initiative will distribute PACT Kits to welcome centers and trail organizations across the state. They will then be given out to visitors and trail users so they can manage their impact while recreating.
PACT Kits are being distributed across Colorado through visitor centers and trail organizations. View the map to see where they are available. As a thank you, consider volunteering with a trail organization or making a donation to help them continue the work they do. If you would like a PACT Kit, please request one in person at one of the locations below. While we would like to get a kit to everyone who needs one, there are limited quantities available and it’s not guaranteed a location will have kits left when you arrive. As an alternative, visit PACT Outdoors to purchase a kit if you are unable to get one through the program.
We have also partnered with trails organizations across the state. Many host trail work days and educational sessions. Click the links below to learn more about the organizations and how you could get involved.
The goal of “Doo” Colorado Right is to steward the trails and outdoors in Colorado. It is also meant to solve a problem- the problem of poop. PACT began to learn that poop has become a major problem in the outdoors. Along with its potential to ruin a hike or bike ride when improperly disposed of, it can also spread disease and contaminate waterways. We hope this campaign will also help educate visitors and locals on proper outdoor bathroom etiquette so trails can continue to be used and enjoyed for many years to come. Trails organizations in Crested Butte and Gunnison such as the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA), Gunnison Trails, and the Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee (STOR) have been working to build and maintain trails for years. “Doo” Colorado Right is meant to build on and support this work.
PACT Outdoors participated in the 2021 Moosejaw Outdoor Accelerator (MOA) at the ICELab@Western. MOA helps entrepreneurs with innovative products grow their outdoor industry businesses. PACT is headquartered in Crested Butte and is part of a growing group of entrepreneurs running outdoor industry businesses in the Gunnison Valley. The Gunnison Valley is home to over two million acres of public lands. Practically every kind of outdoor recreation is available in the area. This makes Gunnison and Crested Butte a unique place for outdoor industry businesses to grow. PACT is just one example of an outdoor company living and working in a place that aligns with their business goals and passions. With resources like the ICELab@Western, Blister Labs, the Rady School at Western Colorado University and the Small Business Development Center, the Gunnison Valley is positioned to be an outdoor industry hub.
The Gunnison Valley has over two million acres of public lands and 1200+ miles of trails (800 are singeltrack!). Use our trip planning guide to learn about visiting Gunnison and Crested Butte. Use our direct booking tool to find a place to stay, book flights for getting here and make a list of things to do.