Colorado has the privilege of having breathtaking outdoor attractions. Whether you are a resident or visitor of this beautiful state, it is always important to know what to do in case something unexpected happens while spending time outside. Here are 5 things you should do if you get lost outdoors:

Photo by Jeffry Mitton
Photo by Jeffry Mitton

1. Find Water

Whenever someone is lost in the wild, the most important thing to do is to find a water source. If you get dehydrated your chances of surviving are very low, so it is critical that you find drinkable water in the first 48 hours.

Gone Fishing

2. Look for Food

The second thing you should do after finding water is to look for food. Never eat vegetation unless you are 100% sure it is not poisonous. Places with water are always great for finding food like fish. Did you know insects are a good source of protein? Just saying….

Fourteener mountains Colorado

3. Study the Surroundings

Surviving is all about adapting. Look around your surroundings very carefully and identify potential dangers in the area. Make sure that you remember how to get to places where food and water are available. Marking the area may help you finding your way back.

Camp fire cooking

4. Learn How to Build a Fire

Fire it is fundamental to stay warm, dry your clothes and cook your food. If you don’t know how to build one, it is very important that you learn how to do so. Smoke can also help rescue searchers find you!

Symptoms of poisonous plant ingestion

5. Keep Calm

As difficult as it may soung, you need to stay calm. You may not make smart decisions if you panic. When you start to get desperate, breath, walk, focus on things you need to do to get you through the situation you are facing.

Try to never hike alone. If you are visiting Clear Creek County, our guided tours are great and will help you explore and enjoy minimizing the risk of getting lost by yourself. 


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