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
Bear Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Big Creek Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Campground and bathrooms are open with full services.  $10/night.  Please contact Parks RD at 970-723-2700 for current conditions.
Dry Lake Campground Open to Visitor All sites "first-come, first-served". *No drinking water available.
Dumont Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations at www.recreation.gov, or 877-444-6777.
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 Open to Visitor
Granite Campground Closed to Visitor *Water not available at campground.
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 Open to Visitor Reservations at www.recreation.gov, or 877-444-6777. *Water not available.
Hidden Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open with all services and fees provided.  $10/night.
Hinman Park Campground Open to Visitor All sites "first-come, first-served".
Lake Owen Campground Open to Visitor Drinking water available.
Libby Creek Willow Campground Open to Visitor Potable water available. Typically reservable, not this year, however.
Lynx Pass Campground Open to Visitor As of 6/2/15 no drinking water.
Meadows Campground Open to Visitor All sites "first-come, first-served". *No drinking water available.
North Fork Campground Open to Visitor Upper loop is open (30 sites) no water. Lower loop is open (30 sites) water available. 
Sawmill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Dispersed camping allowed. Please pack out what you pack in.
Seedhouse Campground Open to Visitor Reservations at www.recreation.gov, or 877-444-6777.
Snow Survey Cabin Open to Visitor Available year-round. Winter access is by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. Cabin can be driven to during the Summer and Autumn. Reserve cabin through www.recreation.gov.
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 All sites "first-come, first-served".
Teal Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open with all services and fees provided.  $10/night.
Vedauwoo Campground Open to Visitor Tent sites open only