Dispersed Camping

Free camping is allowed on most national forest lands. There are no facilities. Pack out what you pack in. Do not trespass. Have a detailed map. Check the weather and road closures before heading up and know the regulations below.

Plan on building a campfire? Campfire restrictions can occur any time of year. There are also areas that prohibit campfires year round. Check for fire restrictions by contacting the County Sheriff and appropriate district office.  If allowed, never leave a campfire unattende...

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Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Boulder Ranger District, west of Boulder area description
  • Caribou Dispersed Camping Area
  • Gordon Gulch Dispersed Camping Area
  • Lefthand OHV Trailhead
  • Lost Lake Trail
  • West Magnolia
  • Winiger Ridge
  • Canyon Lakes Ranger District, west of Fort Collins area description
  • CLRD Dispersed camping
  • Clear Creek Ranger District, near Idaho Springs area description
  • Beartracks Lake Trail (#43)
  • Beaver Meadows Trail (#44)
  • Bill Moore Lake/Empire Loop
  • Captain Mountain Trail (#46)
  • Chicago Lakes Trail (#52)
  • Devil's Canyon
  • Fall River Reservoir
  • Kingston Peak
  • Loch Lomond
  • Saxon Mountain
  • Waldorf road- Argentine Central Railroad
  • Yankee Hill
  • Pawnee National Grassland, NE of Greeley area description
  • Sulphur Ranger District, near Winter Park & Granby area description