Recreation

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Welcome to Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland! Visitor opportunities abound on almost 2.9 million acres of National Forest System lands.

The Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests provide year-round recreation opportunities for you. These activities include hiking, biking, camping, horseriding, OHV riding, fishing and hunting, just to name a few. Beautiful vistas await sightseers and photographers.

The topography varies greatly within the national forests. Elevation ranges from 5,500 to 12,940 feet. The climate ranges from semi-arid at low elevations to colder and less arid in the high country. Frost may occur at any time, and visitors to the higher elevations should be prepared for harsh weather, including snow and high winds, even during the summer months.

The Thunder Basin National Grassland provides unique opportunities for recreation, including hiking, sightseeing, hunting, and fishing. There are no developed campgrounds; however, dispersed camping is allowed. Elevation on the national grassland ranges from 3,600 to 5,200 feet, and the climate is semi-arid.

The following recreation conditions report includes a sampling of our recreation sites. For information on specific sites or areas, use the link to the right or search by activity in the lefthand search bar.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aspen Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is presently open with all services and fees.
Bear Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for winter.
Big Creek Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Facility is available for off-season use with no fees and no services. Roads are not plowed. Toilets are available, but plan to bring water and pack in-pack out trash.
Big Creek Lakes Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Facility is available for off-season use with no fees and no services. Roads are not plowed. Toilets are available, but plan to bring water and pack in-pack out trash.
Dry Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No drinking water available.
Dumont Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Dunckley Pass Overlook Picnic Site Open to Visitor At 9,763' feet, the views at this pass are a highlight of the Flat Tops Trail Scenic and Historic Byway on the Yampa Ranger District.
Freeman Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor
Granite Campground Closed to Visitor
Grizzly Guard Station Recreation Rental Open to Visitor This historic year-round rental is available by passenger vehicle June through September, by higher clearance vehicles in the Fall and Spring seasons, and by snowmobile or cross-coountry skis or snow shoes during the Winter. Go to recreation.gov for rental information and reservations.
Hahns Peak Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Hidden Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Facility remains closed to the public during hazard tree removal operations.
Hinman Park Campground Closed to Visitor
Lake Owen Campground Closed to Visitor No drinking water available.
Libby Creek Willow Campground Closed to Visitor no potable water.
Lynx Pass Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for winter.
Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor No drinking water available.
North Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Upper loop is open (30 sites) 
Pines Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is open with some services and fees; no potable water.
Prospector Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed from trailhead to RCR 129 for timber sale logging operations.
Sawmill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Dispersed camping allowed. Please pack out what you pack in.
Seedhouse Campground Closed to Visitor
Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Go to www.recreation.gov to check availability and to reserve the site
Summit Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Teal Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is presently open with all fees and all services.  Group Site is open for resrvations.
Vedauwoo Campground Closed to Visitor Seasonally Closed. Normally, open with services and fees.