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“Doo” Colorado Right

An initiative to solve Colorado’s poop problem

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What is “Doo” Colorado Right?

“Doo” Colorado Right is an initiative by PACT Outdoors, Gunnison Crested Butte and the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) to empower visitors and locals to properly dispose of human waste in the outdoors. Through the program, PACT backcountry bathroom kits will be distributed to welcome centers and trail organizations across Colorado, where they will be given out to outdoor enthusiasts. The ultimate goal is to give public lands users the tools and know-how to enjoy the outdoors and not leave a mess when nature calls.

This campaign aligns with the CTO’s statewide Do Colorado Right campaign. This campaign encourages visitors and locals to take care of Colorado’s beautiful public lands. 

Where can I get a backcountry bathroom kit?

Get your free PACT kit

PACT kits are currently 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. 

While we would like to get a kit to everyone who needs one, limited quantities are available. Visit PACT Outdoors to purchase a kit if you are unable to get one through the program. 

How and why to use a backcountry bathroom kit

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 why, how, when and where to use your PACT Lite Kit below. 

Why “Doo” Colorado Right?

The goal of “Doo” Colorado Right is to steward the trails and public lands of Colorado. It is also meant to solve a problem—the problem of poop. Along with its potential to ruin a hike or bike ride when improperly disposed of, it can also spread disease and contaminate waterways. The goal of the campaign is to 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. 

How to poop outside

Outdoor bathroom procedure is actually pretty simple, as long as you follow some simple ground rules. Learn more about how to do it in this complete guide to pooping in the woods by PACT Outdoors. 

How to use your PACT kit

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.

When to use your PACT kit

If you have to go and there is no bathroom nearby, you might need to break out your PACT Kit. However, there are 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. Research where you’ll be recreating ahead of time to know for sure. Come prepared and follow all regulations.

A person riding a bike down a rocky slope at Hartman Rocks

Where to use your PACT kit

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. 

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Why PACT?

PACT Outdoors is trusted by numerous outdoor retailers and entities in the outdoor industry. Outside Gear Guide named the PACT Kit the Best Backpacking Accessory of 2022, and PACT received an Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award in 2022. PACT is headquartered in the Gunnison Valley. Their products are available for purchase at pactoutdoors.com and REI

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Business 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 operating in a place that aligns with the founders’ business goals and personal passions. 

Planning Your Trip to Gunnison and Crested Butte

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.

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