In order to keep these public landscapes special, safe and welcoming, Bridger-Teton reminds outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibility this winter season. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Winter has arrived across Bridger-Teton and so have the holidays; a time to enjoy all that the National Forest lands can offer.

National Forest lands like Bridger-Teton are the foundation of America’s outdoor recreation heritage. They provide water to millions of Americans in thousands of communities, clean the air, store carbon and provide timber, minerals, oil and gas and other resources for industry and communities.

These lands also offer the chance to see elk and bear, ducks and deer, trout and trees, thousands of species of plants and billions of stars in a midnight sky.

But in order to keep these public landscapes special, safe and welcoming, Bridger-Teton is reminding outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibility this winter season. The following are a few tips from the U.S. Forest Service to ensure that these lands can be enjoyed safely and by the generations to come.

Know Before You Go

Some areas are seasonally closed or have limited hours, and many places become dangerous with winter weather conditions. Thoroughly research your destination, weather and road conditions prior to embarking on a trip.

“Please remember to check for seasonal road closures, winter wildlife areas, and the latest avalanche report,” said Bridger-Teton.

Maps of Bridger- Teton National Forest can be found here. Avalanche reports from the Bridger-Teton Avalanche center can be found here. 

Build an Inclusive Outdoors

Everyone deserves to experience a winter wonderland. Be an active part of making the outdoors safe, accessible and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

Leave No Trace

Respect the land, water, wildlife and native communities. Follow the Leave no Trace Winter Use Principles.

Plan and Prepare

Know your limits and your gear. Pack extra layers, waterproof clothing and safety equipment or beacons for the backcountry. Have a plan B in case you can’t access your destination.

Respect Others

From mountain tops to shores to prairies, parking can be in short supply in the winter. Park only in safe and legal spaces. Learn to ski kind or tread lightly when skiing, riding or traversing off-road.

Make it Better

Keep Bridger-Teton clean. Pack out any human or pet waste. Consider an individual’s responsibility to take action to protect the climate; today’s snow is tomorrow’s water.

Buckrail @ Caroline

Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.