Mountain Safety Tips

The rich variety of recreation in Larimer County is accented by its beautiful mountains, canyons, rivers, lakes, and forests. Larimer County Search and Rescue (LCSAR) hopes that the time that you spend in our great outdoors is safe and relaxing. This information is intended to help you prepare for your outdoor adventures.


"If you don't like the current weather, wait a few minutes and it will change." This well known Colorado phrase is very true of the weather in our mountains. You can see every type of precipitation any time of the year. The dangers of hypothermia exist even in the summer. Your best preparation is to check the local forecast and bring along clothing layers for rain, wind, and warmth as well as a hat and gloves suitable for any season.

In the event of lightning, stay low to the ground and away from isolated trees and exposed metal. Keep away from exposed areas where you are the tallest object.

Call these numbers or check these links for the latest on weather and avalanche information:

Mountain States Weather: Fort Collins, Colorado 970-484-8920

The Weather Channel  Fort Collins, Colorado

Avalanche Information (November through April): Fort Collins, Colorado 970-482-0457

Colorado Avalanche Information Center


LCSAR's Avalanche Brochure

LCSAR's Mountain Safety Brochure

Note: these are printable brochures that need to be folded to read text in the proper order.


The altitude in Larimer County and neighboring counties ranges from the plains to 14,256 foot world renown Long's Peak. The effects of altitude can come on quickly and can be dangerous. Symptoms include nausea, headache, shortness of breath and other effects. Your best preparation is to keep yourself well hydrated and not too hot or too cold. If you feel the effects of altitude, turn around and head back down the trail. You can always reach your original objective another day.

Preparing for your adventure

Here are the steps you should always follow when heading into the mountains away from civilization:

What to do for accidents/lost persons

What to do if you are lost