Cochise County has a diverse outdoor recreation environment and access to many great wilderness areas. The County contains several National and State Parks that offer great views and activties. Enjoying the outdoors safely and responsibly takes a few steps. Take some time and review our outdoor recreation tips.
Proper knowledge of gear usage is essential. Knowing how to use a topographic map and read terrain features can help you find your position or that of the trail you are seeking. Taking a wilderness first aid class can help you if you or someone you happen upon is injured in the backcountry. Having a comfortable backpack that can fit all of the essential survival items and extra water can help you in case of trouble. Make sure that you wear good quality footwear based on the terrain and the activities you are planning on partipating in. Always break in new boots ahead of time and wear comfortable and breathable socks. Pack extra mole-skin or blister bandages in case you start to develop hot spots. This is far from a definitive guide on backcountry survival or first aid, but it is a good starting point for most of your adventures.
Having a good light source will help you if you get stuck out past sun down and can turn what could have been a rescue into a night time walkout. Make sure you have a chemlight and another small flashlight as a backup. Carrying multiple light sources that all use the same battery ensures you can swap power between devices.
- Whistle, you can blow a whistle all day for help - remember three short blasts and a pause is the international signal for distress.
- A signal mirror can aid you in being seen by a helicopter or rescuers searching for you.
Matches (water-proof), lighter, commercial firestarter and or a candle. Always be responsible with fire. Know the restrictions that are in place and obey them.