In this episode of Trail Smarts we’ll be talking about how to choose a tent site in the backcountry. let’s get started! When backpacking, always place your tent on a durable surface. Durable surfaces include existing and designated campsites, compact dirt, rock, and snow. Tents should also be placed 200 feet away from water sources, unless there are existing sites already in place there, like the one shown here. In that case it’s better to use an existing site than to create a new one. Never place your tent in a meadow or next to a trail. Minimizing your impact in the wild not only helps other hikers enjoy their stay, but also preserves the area for wildlife. For more information on how to choose a good tent site and other tips visit wta.org/trailsmarts. Happy hiking!