Dispersed Camping

With few exceptions camping is allowed on most national forest public lands. Be sure to check on road closures and flood damaged areas before heading up. There are no facilities. Pack out what you pack in.


  • Camping in the national forest is limited to 14 days. The campsite must then be moved a minimum of three miles. Camping is restricted to a maximum of 28 days in any 60-day period.

  • Dispersed camping is not allowed in some areas such as developed trailheads.


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Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Boulder Ranger District (West of Boulder, CO) area description
  • Caribou Dispersed Camping Area
  • Gordon Gulch Dispersed Camping Area
  • Lefthand OHV Trailhead
  • Lost Lake Trail
  • West Magnolia
  • Winiger Ridge
  • Canyon Lakes Ranger District (West of Fort Collins area description
  • CLRD Dispersed camping
  • Clear Creek Ranger District (Near Idaho Springs, C area description
  • Beartracks Lake Trail (#43)
  • Beaver Meadows Trail (#44)
  • Bill Moore Lake/Empire Loop
  • Captain Mountain Trail (#46)
  • Chicago Lakes Trail (#52)
  • Devil's Canyon
  • Fall River Reservoir
  • Kingston Peak
  • Loch Lomond
  • Saxon Mountain
  • Waldorf road- Argentine Central Railroad
  • Yankee Hill
  • Pawnee National Grassland (NE of Greeley, CO) area description
  • Crow Valley Recreation Area
  • Sulphur Ranger District (Winter Park/Granby/GrandL area description