Outdoor Ethics for Wildflowers
Do not pick any wildflowers. You may think that there are plenty of flowers to go around, maybe it seems there aren’t many people on the trail that day. But thousands of people use Colorado’s trail systems every day and if everyone thought that, it would have a devastating effect on the wildflowers and wildlife that depend on them.
Stay on the trail. Staying on the trail is particularly important at higher elevations where wildflowers have a very short period for growth. Stepping off the trail to get a better picture or explore can actually permanently kill wildflowers and create new “social trails” that cause erosion and other issues.
Be conscious of tagging exact locations on social media. Some locations that have become “Instagram famous” get overwhelmed with people who just want to take pictures but don’t really care about the area. Tag general locations like the city or state instead of tagging exact locations like trails or specific spots when sharing on social media. Or don’t tag the location at all!