1- and 2-Day admission ticket holders, those under the age of 18, performers, merchants, workshop leaders, and ritualists: workshifts are optional for you! You are automatically exempted from a community contribution. However, if you would like to do a workshift, we welcome you to do so.
Need to request a Waiver because of health or other reasons? If you feel you can’t do a workshift at all, stop by the workshift signup table by the entrance gate when you arrive and ask for a waiver.
Guest Assistance and ASL Interpreter Services
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to contact our Access coordinator to request assistance, advice, or to arrange for an ASL Sign Language interpreter at Beltania. ASL interpretation is already planned for most concerts and main rituals.
A few reserved parking spaces will be available near the Center of the Universe, adjacent to the ADA Accessible Yurt and the Bath House. No reservations needed for these parking spaces, just a valid disabled parking placard or license plate on your vehicle.
Please be aware that regardless of mobility, injury, or presence of disabled/handicapped parking placards, NO guest is allowed to drive off-road into any camping area not explicitly indicated for vehicles. ALL vehicles must be in designated parking areas or within 5 feet of the road. Driving into areas where vehicles aren’t explicitly allowed is grounds for removal from the festival.
1. Alcohol is permitted; drunken behavior is not. Illicit drugs are not permitted or tolerated. Historically this has not been a problem at Beltania â€“ people tend to be real neighborly and respectful. This is a family-oriented spiritual gathering, not a fraternity kegger.
2. We ask that alcohol be kept to your private campsite and that community spaces remain alcohol-free for the enjoyment of everyone. This includes the Wild Woods campfire. You can expect the drumming facilitators to ask you leave the drum circle for inappropriate behavior or safety issues.
3. Please, do not come to any workshop or ritual in an altered state.
4. Underage drinking will not be tolerated and is grounds for removal from the event.
5. Bring your photo ID. Your ID will be checked at the gate and is required for admission.
Attendees will be given a wrist-band indicating age category (18+ or under 18). Because there is no separate wristband for 21+, if our staff sees someone who appears underage drinking alcohol they may ask to see ID. Please do not be offended; we just want to keep our festival and the young people in it safe.
6. No alcohol will be sold on-site, nor will Living Earth provide festival-goers with alcohol. The only exception to this is the ceremonially-made Beltania Mead, which will be shared in ceremony.
7. Please try to use plastic cups or cans whenever possible. Glass containers not allowed.
8. No matter what, please do not drink and drive. Safety First!
Your photo ID, matching the name you used when purchasing your ticket, and please print and bring with.
A signed copy of the Liability Waiver. Required to enter! Found at (POSTED HERE SOON) and emailed to each registered guest.
A printout of your online registration confirmation is not necessary but feel free to bring along.
If you are staying in a yurt, cabin, or in an RV space, you MUST know the full name of the person who purchased the reservation. It will ONLY be in the name of that one person, as they typed it in.
Water: 1.5 gallons per person, per day (for drinking, washing dishes, etc.). A water spigot will be available near the bath house but it is always a good idea to bring water with you.
Camp chairs or blankets for concert seating. Canopy/sun shade/wide brim hat.
First-aid kit. (Suggested to carry band aids and wipes at all times!)
Appropriate clothing: light clothes for during the day, very warm clothing for at night, raingear, hats/gloves. Expect ANY weather and temps from 20 degrees to 95 degrees!
Sturdy shoes or boots (multiple pair in case of mud) and extra socks.
Tent campers: Bedding and shelter of some type, a good camp tent is recommended along with warm sleeping bags and sleeping pads.
Yurt and Cabin campers: you must bring your own linens and blankets or sleeping bags. Cabins are heated, Yurts are not.
Garbage bags – leave no trace! Be prepared to haul your trash out if dumpsters are full.
Any prescription medications, contact lens supplies, and whatever else you need to maintain your health and comfort in a rustic camping setting.
Those with CPAP machines, electricity is available in all yurts and cabins but you must provide your own battery power if you are tent camping or in an RV/trailer. RV spaces have no hookups at all.
Flashlights/headlamps and spare batteries.
Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
Toilet paper (if restrooms/port-a-johns run out).
Towels/wash cloths and personal hygiene items
Common sense, an open mind, and a positive attitude.
Optional Items to Bring
Money to purchase food or to shop along Merchants’ Row.
Food (if you do not plan on purchasing food from our Kitchen Tent).
Smokers: portable ashtrays for your ash and cigarette butts (Altoids tins work great).
A cup for beverages (not glass).
Propane stoves and grills, for cooking food, if you are not purchasing your food. Charcoal grills are not permitted due to strict venue rules.
Your finest Regalia or Costumes!
Ice chest(s) if you are not planning on purchasing food or beverages.
Handi-wipes or wash cloth for cleaning up.
Any magical items you might want to bring with you: tools, crystals, divination cards
A tent heater (the Coleman ProCat is a recommended favorite, please follow all safety instructions)
A journal or sketchbook
Condoms or other birth control if desired. Fertility charms, ovulation test kits, and lots of prayers if you’re hoping for the opposite. Beltane is a fertility celebration, after all!
Camera (please read our photography policy).
Rug or blanket to set outside car to remove shoes before getting in car/tent
Photograph or artifact for the Ansestor Shrine (see details)
What NOT To Bring
Firearms or fireworks
Fire pits or charcoal grills
Anything that violates federal, state, or local laws such as illegal drugs or weapons
Tiki torches (solar or battery operated OK)
RV’s and Campers without a prior reservation
Please consider leaving your cell phone or other technology at home so you can immerse yourself in the experience of Beltania.
Charcoal Grills: NO. Open Flames: NO. Propane Anything: YES!
Charcoal Grills: Not allowed under any circumstances. This is a very strict venue rule. No exceptions.
Any type of propane or similarly fueled stove or fire put or other device is permitted as long as it has an off switch.
We recommend bringing a fire extinguisher.
Please do not dig a wood burning fire. This is grounds for removal from the festival and a hefty fine from the venue.
Enjoy the several community wood burning and propane fires around the campground.
All guests 18+ will need to show a valid photo ID which matches the name provided when your ticket was purchased.
Wristbands MUST be worn at all times.
PRINT AND BRING WITH YOU the Personal Liability Waiver found at (POSTED HERE SOON). A copy will also be emailed to you separately.
Anyone entering the festival who is age 18+ will need to sign a Personal Liability Waiver before entering.
The Gate Staff will help direct you to the parking area closest to the camping area you desire. They will also be able to describe the various camping areas to help you select the one you’d enjoy most, if you have not already selected your camping area.
When arriving or leaving, drive slowly, especially at night.
Saturday Day Passes and Commuter parking in specified lots only.
Please follow instructions of Gate Volunteers and Parking Volunteers.
All vehicles, please park in designated parking lots or no more than 5 feet off of the road. No driving off road for any reason.
Once you park your car, try not to move it for the duration of your stay unless necessary. No cruising, and no saving parking spots for others.
If you need to leave and return just show your wristband for re-entry.
You are responsible for your own actions, safety and well-being. You’re encouraged to help keep others and your neighborhood safe. Intervene if you see a potential safety hazard. Beltania and Living Earth accept no responsibility for your safety or the security of personal property. However, we do have a team of volunteers including first aid trained individuals available to help in many circumstances.
A full Emergency Management and Evacuation plan is available at the Gate and at the Information Booth. Beltania staff will carry two-way radios in case of emergency.
Please follow all staff instructions in case of emergency. Roving safety crews will be available to assist you throughout the festival. If you use your own radios, please stay off of channels 4,5, & 9.
Have questions about safety? Visit the Info Booth during the festival or email email@example.com before festival.
Default: Assume a Level 1 Fire Ban is in place.
Information on Fire Ban status may be found at (TBA). Our staff is regularly in communication about fire ban information. Although a fire ban may not be in place at all, we will always operate under Level 1 Fire Restrictions or higher.
A variety of community fire pits are available for all Beltania guests. Living Earth is providing firewood and supplies, as well as extinguishers, sand, shovels, and water at all woodburning campfires. All Beltania full-festival guests are asked to perform a 2-hour workshift, and one option available is firetending. So, at peak times you can expect a fire tender to be present to light and maintain the fire.
If you would like to use a fire pit but there isn’t a firetender there, feel free to start the fire on your own. For woodburning fire pits, you will be expected to remain there until the fire is out or another firetender is willing to take over. For a propane fire pit, just turn it off and be sure it is out before you leave.
NO PRIVATE WOODBURNING FIRE PITS at this new location. Bringing or Digging your own fire pit or having a campfire without one of these permits is grounds for immediate removal from the festival without refund. If you’d like a private fire, get a cabin which has a private fireplace and wood will be provided. Or, bring a propane fire pit that does not use wood.
We anticipate that most guests will purchase food. If you wish to dine at the dining hall, MEAL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ON THE REGISTRATION PAGE BY MAY 2. All meals will be inclusive of entree, sides, and beverage. No a-la-carte sales this year. Meals will be catered by La Foret, and served in the Dining Hall during specified hours, except for dinner on Friday and Saturday which will be served near concerts at Inglis Hall. Vegetarian and omnivore options will be available when you buy tickets.
Some of our guests choose to bring or cook their own food at their campsites, RV’s, or other lodging areas. There are no cooking facilities in any area except Indian Paintbrush Cabin which has a shared kitchen available only to guests renting rooms in that cabin. You may bring your own propane stove. No wood burning fires permitted at campsites. Wood burning fire pits are only in common use areas and are clearly marked, and while hot dogs and marshmallows are ok there, they are not really set up for cooking food.
PRE-PURCHASE BY MAY 2 ONLY!!! NO MEALS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONSITE!!!
All meals will include full access to the cold drink room, coffee, cappuccino, cocoa and teas.
Breakfast will include a toast and cereal bar as well as yogurts, berries, melon, cottage cheese and an oatmeal bar.
Lunch and dinner will include a full salad bar with 24 assorted items as well as hummus dip and dessert
Breakfast is 8:00-9:30, Lunch is 11:30-1:00, Dinner is 5:30-7:00
- Thursday Lunch: Ham and turkey sandwich with chips.
- Thursday Dinner: Penne pasta with marinara or Alfredo, meatballs, vegetables and a bread-sticks.
- Friday Breakfast: Biscuits with plain or sausage gravy and scrambled eggs.
- Friday Lunch: Lettuce or tortilla wraps filled with orzo salad, stir fry vegetables and teriyaki chicken. Served deconstructed so that you can build the lunch you want.
- Friday Dinner: Chili con carne or vegetarian macaroni and cheese with cornbread.
- Saturday Breakfast: Breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage and caramelized peppers and onions. Served deconstructed so you build the burrito you want.
- Saturday Lunch: Meatball subs and fresh cooked lattice chips.
- Saturday Dinner: BBQ night, pulled pork, hot dogs and brats with potato salad, baked beans and corn.
- Sunday Breakfast: Vegetable or meat frittata with hash browns.
- Sunday Lunch: Hot ham and cheese on a pretzel bun with homemade soups.
Wednesday: Closed to Festival Guests. Some staff onsite.
Thursday: Staff, Merchants, Handicap Placards Only 7:00-10:00am
General Admission: 10:00am – 10:00pm (exit any time)
Friday: 8:00am – 10:00pm (exit any time)
Saturday: 8:00am – 10:00pm (exit any time)
Sunday: 8:00am – 4:00pm (All guests must exit by 4 pm)
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Due to music concerts and the desire to maintain a serene retreat setting, we ask that you limit your use of generators as follows. Silent generators (Honda EU series, etc.) at 30 dB noise level or less can be used any time. Regular Generators may only be used during the following hours: 2pm-5pm
Due to the Fire Ban Level 1, All generators MUST have a spark arrestor.
PLEASE USE A FIREPROOF TARP UNDER AND 4′ AROUND YOUR GENERATOR. It is a good idea to RAISE YOUR GENERATOR OFF THE GROUND and WATCH IT AT ALL TIMES and KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER HANDY. Sparks can light the grass on fire.
Those under 18 are the responsibility of their legal guardian or an appointed adult. It is expected that parents should be in control of themselves and their children at all times.
Beltania is an all-ages event. The presence of children creates a wonderful atmosphere at the event, and you are more than welcome to bring them along. If you bring your children, you agree to be responsible for their behavior and care at all times. Ultimately, the health and safety of your child is your responsibility. As long as you are prepared to keep your children under constant supervision, the event can be a great experience for them. However, please be aware that there may be activities that may not be suitable for children, or things you may not which your children to see.
There are also wild animals and many safety hazards normally present in any undeveloped wild and natural setting. Mountain lions, bears, coyotes, snakes, scorpions, black widow and brown recluse spiders, and other species are known to exist in the area. Please consider carefully if this is a proper event for your child.
Know that certain events and areas are off-limits to under-18. The Wild Woods are off-limits to anyone under the age of 18 so that grown-ups may enjoy some kid-free space.
There will be many child-friendly activities throughout the festival. However, Beltania is NOT PROVIDING ANY CHILD CARE SERVICES. Parents are expected to supervise their children at all times. Do not expect the community to watch your kids or to censor their own behavior because there are children present. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN ALONE and expect Beltania staff to watch them. A message board will be available at the Info Booth for parents who wish to advertise privately for babysitting services.
All Beltania attendees age 18+ are required to bring a signed liability waiver form with them to Beltania. It will be emailed to you when you register and extra copies will be available at the Gate. NO EXCEPTIONS! Please PRINT it out before the festival, read and sign, and bring with you. Posted here soon!
The gate attendees will check for a signature and compare to what is on your I.D. Acceptable forms of ID incude: Driver’s License, Passport, State-Issued ID, Military ID.
For minor injuries, a self-serve first aid kit is available at the Information Booth.
We have a first aid provider on call 24 hrs a day. Other trained first aid and safety volunteers are also available. Visit the Information Booth if you need assistance.
Any staff member on call will have a walkie-talkie and we will be able to quickly assist in an emergency situation. Even when the Information Booth is closed, there will always be a walkie-talkie available at the Info Booth to reach an on-call staff member. Someone will be on-call 24 hours a day.
Nearby Medical Facilities
Memorial Hospital North
Drive 8.0 miles, 12 min.
Address: 4050 Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
Alliance Urgent Care & Family Practice
Drive 8.6 miles, 13 min.
Address: 9320 Grand Cordera Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80924
Wednesday 8:00 am â€“ 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am â€“ 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am â€“ 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am â€“ 3:00 pm
Premier Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine
Drive 8.8 miles, 13 min.
Address: 98115 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
Wednesday 8:00 am â€“ 7:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am â€“ 7:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am â€“ 7:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am â€“ 5:30 pm
Sunday 8:00 am â€“ 5:30 pm
No pets. We cannot allow pets of any kind, including dogs on leashes. We cannot accept the risk of injury to our guests, the poop issue, or the possibility of barking during our concerts. Also our insurance policy does not allow us to have pets. Most important â€“ pets can attract mountain lions, and we are in prime mountain lion territory. If you are found bringing a pet you will be asked to leave the festival immediately and will not be allowed to reenter.
Service animals are allowed at Beltania. Service animal means any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items. Beltania does require service animal to be vested and on duty at all times, as well as proof of official certification of the service animal, to be provided to the Festival Director who must observe your animal in person by April 30. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
Beltania holds the owner responsible for any injuries or damages caused by the animal. Beltania is also a music festival; as such, barking will not be tolerated. (Note: Service dogs are trained not to bark at inappropriate times. If your dog is barking inappropriately it is not a suitably trained Service Dog). All service dogs must WEAR THE APPROPRIATE VEST, be leashed, trained to heel and behave appropriately â€œon dutyâ€ at all times. Your dog is on the job and is expected to behave as such. Please refrain from letting attendees, especially children, socialize with your service dog. Directors or Beltania Staff may assess damages, as necessary, and may remove the animal and its owner from retreat if the animal’s behavior poses a threat to anyone’s health, safety, or enjoyment of Beltania, or does not behave in a manner consistent with generally accepted service dog expectations.
Ask first to be sure your subject(s) are okay with being immortalized in your photo album, or being recorded in any audiovisual way. Beltania is a private event. Redistribution or public display of images or any other audiovisual medium, whether on the internet or another form of display or distribution or sharing, requires the explicit consent of all subject parties. An individual may revoke her or his consent at any time. Images, video, or audio recording may only be taken for personal use and may not be used professionally or for any commercial or organizational purpose without the prior written approval of Living Earth and the subject(s) of the image or recording.
Anyone encountering a problem with a photographer or videographer should report it to a staff member at the Information Booth. Contact email@example.com or 303-478-8814 with questions and concerns.
Due to facilities contracts, past area forest fires, and the fact that a fire ban may be instituted at any time, we are operating under the protocols of a Level 1 fire ban, even if none is in effect at the beginning of the festival. In other words, please assume one is in effect. We don’t need orders from the Fire Chief to act responsibly.
Smoking of any tobacco product, vaping/e-cigs included, is not permitted in open outdoor areas under the county regulation. Smoking is only allowed in DESGINATED ENCLOSED STRUCTURES like closed vehicles or one of the smoking lounges. Smoking Lounges will be located near Inglis, another at the Wild Woods fire pit, and one near Ponderosa. They are comfortable, screened, covered canopies, provided for the exclusive enjoyment of our smoking guests. It has a fireproof tarp floor andother safety precautions. No smoking in merchant booths please.
Please do not throw any butts on the ground. Be sure they are completely extinguished before disposing in your own sand bucket or the one available at the Smoker’s Lounge. We recommend you bring your own film canister or altoids container for your butts. Do not put butts in any fire pit.
SMOKING OUTSIDE OF AN ENCLOSED APPROVED STRUCTURE OR VEHICLE, OR STARTING AN UNAPPROVED CAMPFIRE, IS GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL FROM BELTANIA WITHOUT REFUND. We are sorry to have to enforce this, but we’d prefer to be able to use this facility and not burn down the forest.
Please use any vaping items outdoors. Due to allergies and the fact that families and children use the facilities immediately after our event, we ask that you treat vaping the same as smoking. Thanks for understanding.
We have some festival traditions you might want to be aware of and enjoy.
Green Man and May Queen
Each year, Beltania crowns a new Green Man and May Queen. They officially accept this honorary role at a special Crowning ceremony at Beltania, and embody the God and Goddess as well as the overall spirit of the Beltania festival. When you see the Green Man and May Queen, feel free to give a small token or gift, or ask to take your picture with them! We have fun and what’s not to love about celebrating youth and love! If you are between the ages of 18-40 and are a couple, YOU can apply to be the May Queen and Green Man. Read More and Sign Up HERE.
Rainbow Welcome Center
The Beltania Festival is for everyone that wants to participate, when we say ALL ARE WELCOME, we truly mean it. The Rainbow Welcome Center has been set up this year to welcome you to the festival and create a safe place so you can truly be yourself. With your participation, the festival will be one of the best years yet.
Come on by the Rainbow Welcome center during festival, receive a free commemorative wristband and make a wish/prayer on one of the ribbons for the maypole dance. We will be having a parade around the center of the universe on Friday to infuse the ribbons with some child energy. The parade will be led by the children of the festival as well as those that are sometimes childlike at heart. Please come and join us, bring your drums or other noise makers to join in and encourage the frolic to infuse the energy into the ribbons. Check your schedule for the specific time.
If you are interested in helping provide/create this safe space at the Rainbow Welcome Center, as well as fulfill one of your work shift requirements, then email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We look forward to hearing from you and we truly mean ALL ARE WELCOME!
The Maypole Dance:
The Maypole Dance is the highlight event of Beltania. You may have experienced or heard about a Maypole dance before, and like many of us, found it to be heterocentrist, sexist, and cis-gendered to the point of alienating many who identify differently or who believe in full equality and representation. So – we have transformed the Maypole Dance, through our intention, participation, words, and symbols, into a BIG GIANT RAINBOW of inclusivity and celebration of love in all its forms!
Traditionally the maypole dance is a celebration of heterosexual fertility. The pole represents the phallus, and the red and white ribbons represent the innocent, inexperienced female and the blood of lost virginity and blood of childbirth. Only young, pretty, fertile virgin girls in pretty white dresses could dance it… etc. etc. etc….
Our Maypole Dance takes on new meaning. The opening in the Earth and the wreath (placed atop the ribbons) represents the Divine Feminine. The pole represents the Divine Masculine. Both are important and necessary, and people of all gender identities help with the preparation. Red and white ribbons are replaced with a riotous array of rainbow colored ribbons representing the diversity of all orientations and lifestyles, the essence which blesses and unites it all. The ribbons are held by the Rainbow Welcome Center, prepared and blessed by those members of our rainbow community who feel called to do so. We connect with the children of the festival in celebration and joyfulness to infuse the special magic of childhood. And it is our honor to carry and present the ribbons in the parade, and as they are attached to the pole and raised up, they form an umbrella of inclusion and rainbow-themed celebration that is the only thing that allows the dance of ALL PEOPLE to proceed.
Everyone is invited to kiss their loved one under the ribbons during the dancing and drumming!
Come be a part of the Rainbow Welcome Center and reinvent the true meaning of the Maypole Ribbon Dance!
Leave No Trace
If your car leaks oil (even a little bit) please put something under it to catch the drips.
Clean your entire campsite and surrounding areas before you leave.
Do not leave stuff in or around the bath house, port-a-johns, at the Info Booth, or at another camp.
You’re responsible for everything you bring and carry!
Beltania provides very limited trash removal service. When the dumpster is full, you will need to pack it out, so please use care in deciding what to bring to the gathering. Limit packaging whenever possible. Dumpsters for trash and recycling will be located behind the dining hall. Please separate all recyclable items first, compact your trash, and neatly place in the dumpsters. If the dumpster is full, please take your trash to your vehicle. Do not stow trash at your tent due to bears and other wildlife it might attract. Do not leave trash around the dumpsters.
Recycling: We will post information at the dumpsters about what and how to recycle. We may be able to have single-stream recycling and trash. We will attempt to recycle as much as possible, including but not limited to: Plastic, glass, Aluminum cans, and Propane (1 lb) tanks.
Toilets: If it isn’t from your body, don’t put it in the potty! Trash in the toilets will prevent them from functioning, and will threaten the viability of the event. Women, please bring your own bags for carrying used sanitary products to the dumpster if using a portapotty, or use the trash receptacles at the Bath House.
We take pride in having a festival where we respect each other and the Earth through cleanliness and consideration.
ADA-compliant handicapped restrooms are located at the Bath House. PLEASE, handicapped persons must have first priority, then parents assisting small children (actually in the stall with the child) have priority over the general public.
Please do not dig â€œcat holesâ€ or otherwise use nature for your toileting needs. The park is a high-use area and cannot accommodate such use. We appreciate your using the port-a-johns, toilets, and bath house provided.
If you’d like to me a Merchant on Merchants’ Row, click on Register/Get Tickets in the menu above.
Since the altitude is about 7000 ft., it’s not going to be as cold as if it were in the higher mountains. You can expect some wind. Average nighttime low for the dates of Beltania is in the mid 30’s to 40’s, and daytime highs are around 65-70 degrees. However, it could rain, snow, be roasting hotâ€¦ It’s Colorado! We suggest you bring many layers and warm clothes for the night concerts. Be PREPARED FOR WEATHER RANGING 0 – 90 DEGREES AND ANY TYPE OR AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION.
Our community fire circles will be going throughout the festival so please use them to keep warm and toasty! If a fire is not on and you’d like to use it, feel free to do so but be sure not to leave it unattended.
There could be bear, deer, elk, snakes, poisonous spiders, and many other species on the 600+ acres of the festival grounds. If you are hiking away from the crowds, be sure to make lots of noise to scare off whatever is nearby so that you don’t stumble upon and startle a wild animal, and keep your children close. We also recommend carrying a 2-way radio; check at the Info Booth for the recommended channel to use. Take plenty of water and sufficient clothing and food for any conditions if you do any hiking.
What to do if you encounter a Bear
- If a black bear is visible, but not close, alter your route so that you will move away from its area.
- If a black bear approaches, do not run. Remain calm, continue facing the bear and slowly back away. If the bear continues to approach, try to group together and pick up small children. Try to scare the bear away by shouting and acting aggressively.
- If a black bear attacks, it is suggested to fight back using everything in your power fists, sticks, rocks, and E.P.A. registered bear pepper spray.
What to do if you encounter a Mountain Lion
- Do Not Approach a Lion – Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
- Do Not Run from a Lion – Running may stimulate a mountain lion’s instinct to chase. Instead, stand and face the animal. Do not turn your back. Make eye contact. If there are small children nearby, pick them up if possible so they don’t panic and run. Although it may be awkward, pick them up without bending over or turning away from the mountain lion.
- Do Not Crouch Down or Bend Over – A person squatting or bending over looks a lot like a four-legged prey animal. When in mountain lion country, avoid squatting, crouching or bending over, even when picking up children.
- Appear Larger – Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you are wearing one. Again, pick up small children. Throw stones, branches, or whatever you can reach without crouching or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.
- Be vocal – Talk calmly and regularly.
- Teach others how to behave. – One who starts running could initiate an attack.
- If a lion attacks: You can use bear pepper spray to deter the lion. Many potential victims have also fought back successfully with rocks, sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.
- Defend other people – If you need to defend other people, be aggressive.