Col. Kevin Jordan: (603) 271-3128
Lt. Heidi Murphy: (603) 271-3127
October 3, 2018


CONCORD, NH— As the Columbus Day holiday and fall foliage inspire you to get out and hike, bike, paddle, and explore New Hampshire’s scenic trails and waterways, be sure to hike safe and have your Hike Safe card.

Card sales provide important support for Fish and Game’s search and rescue efforts. The card also exempts holders from certain liability for repaying search and rescue costs.

Voluntary Hike Safe Cards are $25 for an individual, or $35 for a family (parents and minor children), and are good through the end of the calendar year. Fall and early winter’s unpredictable weather conditions make a 2018 Hike Safe card a sound investment for outdoor enthusiasts of any skill level.

There are three ways to get your card:

“Whatever outdoor activity you enjoy — hiking, biking, paddling, cross country skiing, or walking the nature trails in your town, the Hike Safe Card is your back-up plan for the great outdoors,” said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Colonel Kevin Jordan. “Buying a card is also a great way to help support Fish and Game’s search and rescue activities.”

People who hold a valid New Hampshire hunting or fishing license, or a current registration for an off-highway recreational vehicle, snowmobile, or boat, have the same benefits as those provided by the Hike Safe card.

Colonel Jordan also recommends hikers “hike smart” and carry with them the top 10 essentials:

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Warm Clothing:
  • Sweater or Pile Jacket
  • Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
  • Hat (wool)
  • Extra Food and Water
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Matches/Firestarters
  • First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
  • Whistle
  • Rain/Wind Jacket and Pants
  • Pocket Knife

Read more about safe hiking at

Learn more about New Hampshire’s voluntary Hike Safe Card and see frequently asked questions about the card at