Outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant in Mesa County. With 3,300 square miles of terrain, offering mountains, deserts, lakes, streams and rivers, there is a wide variety of recreation activities. Anyone planning a backcounty adventure should be prepared for sudden changes in weather and unexpected emergencies. You should never enter the back country without leaving travel information, destination, and return times with a responsible person.
You should always have enough supplies for an unexpected overnight stay.
You are encouraged to have and carry the ten essentials:
- Extra clothing
- Extra water
- Emergency food
- Matches and firestarter
- A whistle for signaling
- Compass and map
- Emergency shelter
- First aid kit
- Pocket knife
You should also consider purchasing a CORSAR card.
The most important thing to have is a COMPANION. A companion supplements your ability to survive a backcountry emergency.