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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
Bear Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Creek Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor 8/19/15:  Big Creek Campground does not have potable water.  Please plan to bring your own water!  Campground and bathrooms are open with full services.  $10/night.  Please contact Parks RD at 970-723-2700 for current conditions.
Bottle Creek Trails Open to Visitor Eight miles west of Encampment, WY on Highway 70, this year-round site offers hiking and skiing.
Bow River Ranger Station Open to Visitor Available mid-June into September using or 877-444-6777.
Brush Creek Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open mid-June through Labor Day, weather permitting, with information on recreation opportunities in the area.
Dry Lake Campground Closed to Visitor All sites "first-come, first-served". *No drinking water available.
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.
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 for rental information and reservations.
Hahns Peak Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations at, or 877-444-6777. *Water not available.
Hidden Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is open with all services and fees provided.  $10/night.
Hinman Park Campground Closed to Visitor All sites "first-come, first-served".
Libby Creek Willow Campground Closed to Visitor Potable water available. Typically reservable, not this year, however.
Lynx Pass Campground Closed to Visitor
Mirror Lake Picnic & Fishing Site Open to Visitor Picnic sites, fishing and hiking trails all in one location.
Ryan Park Campground Open to Visitor Open mid-June through September, weather permitting. Reservations available through No water available in 2016.
Seedhouse Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations at, or 877-444-6777.
Snow Survey Cabin Open to Visitor Available year-round. Cabin can be driven to during the Summer and Autumn. Winter access is by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. Reserve cabin through
Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout Open to Visitor Go to to check availability and to reserve the site
Teal Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is open with all services and fees provided.  $10/night.
Vedauwoo Campground Closed to Visitor
West Lake Marie Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day following the opening of Highway 130, weather permitting. Late snow is common.


Mirror Lake Picnic & Fishing Site

Mirror Lake is a popular picnic and fishing stop on the Snowy Range Highway. The site is near the base of Medicine Bow Peak. It provides lakeside access for fishing and a short easy walking trail to the West Lake Marie Trailhead. Other popular hiking trails in the area include the Medicine Bow Peak, Lake Marie Falls, Lakes Trail and Miners Cabin Trails. This site should not be missed if you are traveling along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.

West Lake Marie

Scenic trailhead parking area with toilets.  Access to Medicine Bow Peak, Tipple Trail and Lakes Trail.  Also easy walking distance to Lake Marie Falls.  A perfect stop along the Snowy Range Highway.  Available Memorial Day through October, weather permitting. Winter access by snowmobile.