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USDA Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C. 20090-6090
Phone: 202-205-8333




This page contains some basic information on the rules for hiking, camping and using the resources of the National Forests that cover much of our canyon country.

As a visitor to the national forests, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the forests and the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to promote pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experiences for all visitors. Forest Officers are empowered to enforce the Federal Regulations that these rules are taken from.

Regional Foresters and Forest Supervisors may issue orders that will close or restrict the use of certain areas if the need arises. Such orders will be posted so that visitors to the national forest can reasonably be expected to be familiar with them. Copies of the orders will also be available in the offices of Forest Supervisors and District Rangers.

Information on all permit requirements is available from Forest Service offices. If you have any questions or need help, please contact your nearest Forest Officer or visit the nearest Forest Service office.

Remember to be careful! You are primarily responsible for your own safety. Look out for natural hazards and dangers when you are in the forest. If you hike off trails or swim or dive in streams or lakes, you do so at your own risk.

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Check locally for variations and exceptions to these rules and regulations. In general, if the local rules are not posted, following these rules will keep you out of trouble when visiting our forest lands.

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