Rawah Wilderness Rules and Regulations

 

  • Camping and fire building are prohibited within 200 feet of all lakes, streams and trails to protect water quality, sensitive vegetation and to help assure solitude.
  • Camping is prohibited within one-quarter mile of Blue Lake and Hang Lake. Do not camp or use a fire in revegetative sites. These areas are seeded with native, high-altitude grasses and need protection to grow.
  • Campfires are prohibited in the alpine areas above 10,800 feet. Campfires consume scarce vegetation and leave permanent scars on the fragile soils of the area.
  • Dogs must be on a hand-held leash in the Rawah Wilderness. There is a fine for not doing so. Unleashed dogs can harass wildlife, create conflicts between visitors, and can become lost or injured.
  • Recreational packstock must not be hobbled, tethered or picketed within 200 feet of any lakes streams or trails. This protects fragile vegetation and keeps lakes and streams clean. To avoid damage to the trunk and roots of trees and to help preserve the wilderness character, tethering or tying livestock to live trees is prohibited. Picket lines are acceptable.
  • Certified weed-free forage is required on all public lands.
  • Stock animals are prohibited on the Blue Lake trail between May 15 and September 15. Between September 16 and May 14, stock animals are prohibited within the Blue Lake closure area except for through travel on the trail.
  • Groups entering or being in the Wilderness for day or overnight use are restricted to a combined maximum of 12 people and/or livestock. No permit is required.
  • Volunteer wilderness rangers patrol the area and will inform visitors, as needed, of regulations and low-impact techniques for camping.
  • Travel methods are restricted to foot or horseback. Neither motorized nor mechanized equipment are allowed in Wilderness, including mountain bikes.
  • Practice Leave No Trace
  • Check our safety page for other general guidelines.