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Planning a River Trip?

River Trip
  • Wear your life jacket.
  • Even gentle stretches of water can have dangerous undercurrents.
  • Don’t swim at Boat Ramps 
  • Don’t Boat under the influence.
  • Never boat alone. A preferred minimum is three boats. 
  • Know your limits; do not attempt a section of river beyond your skill level.
  • Pay attention to weather and water conditions. Dress for the water temperature. If the water temperature and air temperature combined total 100 degrees or less, wear protective clothing.
  • Stay away from canals and dams—currents and undertows hide beneath the surface.


Hiking Safety

River Trip
  • Plan your route ahead of time, and make sure someone not in your hiking party knows your plan and expected time of return. 
  • Take and drink plenty of water, especially during hot days. 
  • You can't always depend on your cell phone! It may run out of battery or you may find yourself in an area with no cell or GPS coverage.
  • Check the weather and dress for it!
  • Learn more about hiking safety here.  
  • Also don't forget to take your CORSAR card! If you ever need Search and Rescue it helps us pay for the cost! Click here to get yours today! 
River Trip


Recreating in Winter

Recreating in Winter
  • Know the forecast! Weather can change! Check it at National Weather Service 
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. 
  • Never go alone, and ALWAYS stay together!!!
  • A map and compass! Cell phones will only work so far.  - Global Positioning Satellite Receivers (GPS) are great, but they become useless once the batteries are dead. Never rely totally on this technology, when you go out in the backcountry ALWAYS take a map and compass with you and make sure you know how to use it!!
  • Tools and spare equipment parts
  • Extra clothing and “space” blanket
  • A flashlight and first aid kit
  • Nonperishable food and water
  • An avalanche beacon and snow shovel
  • Waterproof matches, lighter and a candle
  • A whistle and pocket knife

If You Think You’re Lost….

  • STAY PUT and call for help! It's a lot easier for Mesa County Search and Resuce to find you if you are in one place!
  • Use the last hour of the day preparing a shelter
  • Build a fire
  • Never separate from each other!
  • If you must move, travel down a drainage
  • Help will come, believe it!!
  • Always be prepared to spend the night!!…..


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 Are you prepared for a Wildfire?

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