FOR YOUR SAFETY
Please read. Safety is each visitor’s individual responsibility.
Falling trees are a hazard when traveling through or camping in the forest. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, as trees can fall without warning. Be particularly cautious when winds are high or after a snowstorm, when branches are covered with snow.
High elevation increases the chance of dehydration, sunburn, altitude sickness (headaches, nausea, dizziness), and the aggravation of pre-existing medical conditions. Drink water to prevent dehydration. Apply sunscreen often. If altitude sickness is experienced, you may need to descend to a lower elevation.
Hypothermia, which is the life-threatening lowering of your body’s core temperature, can occur any time of the year. Dress warmly and stay dry.
Plan your activities for early in the day. Get below the treeline or to a shelter before a storm strikes. If caught about the treeline, avoid summits and isolated trees and rocks. Find shelter if possible but avoid small cave entrances and overhangs. Crouch down on your heels.
Mountain climbing requires training, skill, and proper equipment. Do not attempt to rock climb or traverse steep slopes unprepared.
Know how to recognize dangerous snow conditions. Stay away from steep snow slopes and cornices. Avoid skiing or snowshoeing in gullies, on unforested slopes, or under snow cornices where avalanches may occur. See the Colorado Avalanche Information Center for additional avalanche safety information.
The only available water at Wellington Lake is untreated well water dispensed via hand pumps. It is not available for filling trailers/campers. We recommend visitors bring bottled water for drinking, rinsing dishes and utensils, and any other uses where clean water is needed.
Weather can turn dangerous within a matter of minutes. Be prepared for changing conditions and carry the following essentials: rain gear, map and compass, flashlight or headlamp, sunglasses and sunscreen, matches or other fire starter, candles, extra food and water, extra layers of clothing, pocketknife, and a first aid kit.
Approaching, feeding, or disturbing wildlife is dangerous; always keep a safe distance. Be aware of what is going on around you. Know what to do if you encounter a mountain lion or bear. We include the following requirements for your safety:
- Store all food in bear-proof containers or in vehicles with closed windows and locked doors.
- All coolers, even those considered bear-proof, must be stored or secured when the site is unoccupied or unattended.
- Dispose of all “kitchen waste” (including but not limited to food waste and pet waste) in bear-proof dumpsters or remove from Lake Property.
- While hiking or during any other activity away from the campground, store food, scented items, and garbage in commercially available bear resistant portable canisters.
- Never try to retrieve anything from a bear.
- Report all bear incidents to Wellington Lake staff.
- Do not leave pets or pet food outside and unattended, especially at dawn and dusk.
- Avoid walking alone.
- Watch children closely and never let them run ahead or lag behind on a trail. Talk to children about mountain lions and bears and teach them what to do if they meet one.
What should you do if you meet a mountain lion?
Never approach a mountain lion, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Always give them a way to escape. Don’t run. Stay calm. Hold your ground or back away slowly. Face the mountain lion and stand upright. Do all you can to appear larger. Grab a stick. Raise your arms. If you have small children with you, pick them up. If the mountain lion behaves aggressively, wave your arms, shout, and throw objects at it. The goal is to convince it that you are not prey and may be dangerous. If attacked, fight back! Generally, mountain lions are calm, quiet, and elusive. The chance of being attacked by a mountain lion is quite low compared to many other natural hazards. Report all sightings and incidents to Wellington Lake staff.
What should you do if you meet a bear?
Never approach a bear. Keep children beside you. There is more safety in numbers; it is best to travel in a close group. If a bear approaches you, stand up tall and make loud noises: shout, clap hands, clang pots and pans. When performed immediately, these actions have been successful in scaring bears away. However, if attacked, fight back! Never try to retrieve anything from a bear. Report all sightings and incidents to Wellington Lake staff.
Diseases can be transmitted by the feces and urine of small mammals or by fleas from infected rodents, especially ground squirrels. Do not feed or approach ground squirrels or other small mammals.
Ticks can also carry diseases. Remove ticks carefully, making sure that all of the mouth parts are removed from the bite. Do not squeeze the tick with bare hands so hard as to rupture the tick or drive more toxins into your body.