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The Gunnison Valley draws many visitors each year because of its natural environment, scenic beauty, and outstanding year-round recreational opportunities. Because the area attracts so many people, there is always a risk that a careless visitor will unknowingly damage the very resources they are coming to enjoy. All users of public lands in this valley have the potential to cause impacts both to resources and other visitors. It must be the goal of everyone to understand and minimize the impacts of their visit. Please work with us to help ensure that the Gunnison-Crested Butte area continues to be a special place.
Use Vehicles responsibly. Each area has rules that govern vehicle use. Stay on designated or existing routes and out of closed areas. Limit your driving in wet conditions to avoid road damage.
Leave No Trace. Remove all evidence of your visit so others will find these areas as beautiful as you do. Take care of public facilities. Leave wildflowers and natural objects for others to enjoy. Do not deface or dismantle historical or archaeological sites. Take your trash with you when you leave.
Respect Other Visitors. You share these lands with many people; make sure your fun is not ruining the experience for others around you. Minimize noise, keep pets under control, and drive safely on narrow roads and trails.
Keep Wildlife Wild. Visitors can unknowingly disturb the many species of wildlife present on public lands. Do not feed the animals. Enjoy them from a distance. Move quietly through the woods, especially in stream side areas.
Respect Private Property. It is your responsibility to know where you are. Be sure you have legal access to the places you want to enjoy. If you do open a gate, close it behind you. Area ranchers graze cattle on public lands. Keep a healthy distrance from cattle and do not disturb the herd.
Have a Safe Trip. Changing weather and difficult terrain may pose hazards to the unprepared traveler. Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return. Be ready for changing conditions and stay within your capabilities.
Check with the local managing agencies in the areas you visit such as the Bureau of Land management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service or National Park Service. They can offer information to help you get the most out of your trip and provide advice on other specific considerations about the area such as legal access, safety, road conditions and much more. These are our public lands—protect then like the treasure they are!