Comanche Peak Wilderness Rules and Regulations

  • Motorized equipment, or mechanized transportation is prohibited, including motorcycles, chain saws, bicycles or carts. Wheelchairs are exempt.
  • Group size is limited to 12 people and/or livestock combined.
  • Camping and campfires are prohibited within 200’ feet (or more if posted) of all lakes, streams and trails to protect water quality, sensitive vegetation and to help assure solitude. Thin soils and mountain vegetation are easily damaged by fire and fires scar rocks and soil. Use a stove, a fire pan or an existing fire ring when and where fires are allowed.
  • Certified weed-free forage is required on all public land. Only pelletized or steam-rolled feed grains, or certified weed-free hay, straw, or mulch are allowed.
  • Pets must be on a handheld leash at all times for hikers. Equestrian riders must have dogs under voice control.
  • Stock:
    • must not be hobbled, tethered or picketed within 200’ (or more if posted) feet of any lakes, streams or trails. This protects fragile vegetation and keeps lakes and streams clean.
    • are prohibited overnight within Big South, Browns Lake, Comanche Lake or North Fork travel zones. Stock animals are prohibited at all times in the Emmaline travel zone.
  • Camping in the Browns Lake, Comanche Lake, Emmaline Lakes, Big South and the North Fork travel zones is restricted to designated campsites. No more than 12 people with three tents can use one site. Tents must be within 30 feet from the campsite marker. 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 Browns Lake,Comanche Lake, Emmaline Lakes, Big South and the North Fork travel zones. Campfires consume scarce vegetation and leave permanent scars on the fragile soils of the area. Please

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