Dispersed Camping

Setting up your own campsite away from developed fee sites, also known as dispersed camping, is allowed on most of the national forests. From getting away from it all to just enjoying a weekend with friends, dispersed camping can make for a great story. Across the forests, opportunities range from dispersed camping miles into wilderness or just off a forest road in designated dispersed areas. Make sure to bring everything you need when dispersed camping, as water, restrooms, and fire rings may not be available nearby, and always remember to follow Leave No Trace...

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Dispersed Camping Areas

  • California Park/Black Mountain Area area description
  • Sawmill Creek Campground
  • Flat Tops Area area description
  • Crosho Lake Recreation Area
  • Trout Creek Recreation Area
  • Yampa Ranger District
  • Gore Range Area area description
  • Red Dirt Reservoir Recreation Area
  • Rock Creek Recreation Area
  • Sarvis Creek Wilderness
  • Laramie Peak Area area description
  • Douglas Ranger District
  • North Laramie River Trailhead
  • Roaring Fork Creek Trailhead
  • Twin Peaks Trailhead
  • Mount Zirkel/Park Range Area area description
  • Mount Zirkel Wilderness area description
  • Parks Ranger District
  • North Routt County Area area description
  • Pole Mountain Area area description
  • Laramie Ranger District
  • Vedauwoo Designated Dispersed Campsites
  • Sierra Madre Area area description
  • Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District
  • Encampment River Wilderness
  • Huston Park Wilderness
  • Snowy Range Area area description
  • Bobbie Thomson Campground
  • Miller Lake Dispersed Campground
  • Pinkham Mountain Trailhead
  • Platte River Wilderness
  • Savage Run Wilderness
  • Steamboat Springs Area area description
  • Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District
  • Thunder Basin National Grassland area description
  • Troublesome/Gould Area area description
Areas & Activities