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Travel With Care

In Idaho, we care for each other and our outdoor spaces. When visiting our beautiful state, we hope you do three things: be kind to others, pick up after yourself and have fun. We want you to experience Idaho to its fullest—now and in the future.

Care for Yourself

We, of course, want you to have the adventure you’re dreaming of, but we also want you to know your limits and make sure you’re safe. Are you prepared for your hike? Do you have the things you need? Did you bring water and sun protection? Do you know about bear safety? Did you tell someone where you’re going? Do you have a plan B? Know the risks of recreating outdoors, regardless of the season, and take the necessary steps to have a good time and stay safe.

Care for Others

Whether out on a trail, sipping wine at a vineyard or shopping downtown, please be patient and kind to those around you. Like many places, staffing shortages can be a challenge. Please keep your cool and be kind to the employees assisting you. They are doing their best. Out on the trail, remember to be welcoming and respectful to all.

Care for Idaho

When out on the trail, don’t leave your pesky granola bar wrappers behind. Take all your trash with you (there aren’t garbage services in most Idaho recreation areas). Encourage your friends to stay on marked trails, and always drown out your campfires—yes, even in the winter. Take only pictures, and leave nothing behind. Idaho’s beauty should be shared. But to share it, we also need to protect it.

Take It Slow in the Ice and Snow

Put a freeze on winter mishaps! Learn about winter driving safety and slope and trail etiquette.

Care for Yourself

Whether you’re driving to your destination or about to hit the slopes, don’t forget these winter essentials. Make sure your vehicle is snow-worthy and check the weather and road conditions before heading out. It’s always better to plan ahead and be safe.

  • Full tank of gas
  • Cell phone charger
  • Tire chains
  • Ice scraper/snowbrush/small shovel
  • Extra layers, blankets
  • Water, snacks
  • First-aid kit, sunscreen, lip balm
  • Helmet, sunglasses/goggles

Care for Others

Even in winter, recreational trails can get pretty busy. Remember to check trail or slope signage and yield to downhill and faster recreationists. If you have to stop, make sure you get out of the way of others and always keep an eye out for blind corners. Watching out for others and being mindful of your movements and speed can prevent serious injury.

Care for Idaho

Regardless of the season, it’s important to stay on designated trails and use them only when they are dry or frozen. Using muddy trails can cause damage and potential closures come spring.

Be Wilderness Wise

Adventuring in Idaho is all about listening to your body, being kind and doing your part to keep our state clean and pristine—no matter the season.

Care for Yourself

Being outdoors is all about knowing your limits and assessing risks. Otherwise, you could find yourself lost, stranded or injured. Whether experienced or a beginner, you know best what you can do. If your friends are hiking a more difficult trail or paddling a challenging stretch of river, it’s okay to take a pass and work your way up to their level next time. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Care for Others

People use the outdoors to escape reality and focus on the simple joys of life. Making sure Idaho is a welcoming space can be as simple as saying hello or offering a smile to a stranger. And don’t forget about the friendly folks serving you your morning cup of joe or helping you at the rental shop. Patience and kindness go a long way in making someone’s day.

Care for Idaho

When you head into Idaho’s great outdoors, please collect your trash and pack out anything you brought in. While fruit scraps like orange peels and apple cores are biodegradable, did you know it takes two years for a banana peel to decompose? No one likes to see half-eaten food along a trail. And it is harmful to wildlife. Bring trash bags with you, and leave room in your vehicle to haul your garbage.

You Can Help

We all need to do our part to keep Idaho the special place it is. If your business or organization is involved with recreation and hospitality and you want to help spread the Travel With Care message, check out our partner toolkit with messaging, assets and event ideas.

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Resources

Resource Hub

Heading out for an adventure? Here you’ll find helpful info on recreating responsibly, road conditions, weather, fire restrictions and wildfire updates.

Recreate Responsibly

Idaho 511

National Weather Service

Wildfire Information