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 Closed to Visitor 11/1/14 Campground is closed for the season.
Big Creek Lakes Campground Open to Visitor 11/3/2014: Campground is open. Bathrooms are open but may not be serviced regularly. NO trash services, or potable water are provided. Visitors must pack out all trash and Leave No Trace. 
Dry Lake Campground Closed 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 Closed to Visitor *Campground corrals will be closed/reserved for a Forest Service pack team work project 8/24 - 8/29/14.
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 Closed to Visitor Reservations at www.recreation.gov, or 877-444-6777. *Water not available.
Hidden Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Campground and bathrooms are open, but no fees, trash services or water are provided. Please Leave No Trace, and plan to pack out your trash.
Hinman Park Campground Closed to Visitor All sites "first-come, first-served".
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 11/1/14 Campground is closed for the season.
Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor All sites "first-come, first-served". *No drinking water available.
North Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Upper loop is open (30 sites) 
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 Reservations at www.recreation.gov, or 877-444-6777.
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 and bathrooms are open, but no fees, trash services or water are provided. Please Leave No Trace, and plan to pack your trash out.
Vedauwoo Campground Closed to Visitor Seasonally Closed. Normally, open with services and fees.