Many Recreation Sites Open on June 15

Outdoor Recreation Updates

The Carson National Forest opened many developed campgrounds and day use sites across the forest on Monday, June 15. Developed recreation sites were closed in March to protect public health and safety and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Limited services may be available. Be aware that restroom maintenance may be limited and you are using the facilities at your own risk. Water may not be available at many campgrounds that normally provide access to potable or non-potable water pending the completion of testing for contaminants. Campers are advised to bring an adequate supply of water. 

If you are planning to visit, please remember:

  • Be a good steward and recreate responsibly.
  • Avoid crowded areas to maintain social distancing and comply with state public health orders limiting gatherings of more than five people. 
  • Park only in designated areas. Do not impede emergency access by blocking roadways, fire lanes or driveways.
  • Follow “Leave No Trace” principles, including “pack it in, pack it out” with your trash, to avoid creating a public health hazard for forest visitors and employees.
  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

What Is Open?

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Some developed campgrounds and day use sites reopened on June 15. Many developed campgrounds on the Carson National Forest are first-come, first-served. Visitors can make reservations for the reservation-only campgrounds on Avoid crowded areas to maintain social distancing and comply with state public health orders limiting group size of more than five people.

Recreation Opportunities

Fire Restrictions

No Fires Allowed

Campfire and Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire. Campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood-burning stoves are prohibited. Only self-contained camp stoves are allowed.

Fire Information

Public Health Guidance and Leave No Trace 

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Remember to recreate responsibly and follow the public health guidance and Leave No Trace principles like “pack it in, pack it out.” Please take your garbage home.

Leave No Trace Principles