Access Updates

District-specific information is listed below in alphabetical order.

Road and weather conditions can change quickly on National Forest System roads and trails. Check with the ranger district office in the area you plan to visit to get access status updates, including closure information.

Access may become limited for many reasons, some for safety while crews work to remove hazard trees, some due to weather and others due to damage, repairs or maintenance. When you are in the National Forest always watch for falling trees.

Check MBRTB Forest Orders for more information on some closures.

Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District

 as of 12/5/2022

  • Snowy Range Scenic Byway (WY Hwy 130) and Battle Pass (WY Hwy 70) have closed for the season. 
  • All trash services have been stopped at all campgrounds. Many sites are no longer collecting fees but gates remain open. Campground status can be found on our Recreation page
  • Snow Survey Cabin is open year round and reservable on recreation.gov.
  • A camping closure is in effect on the North Platte River corridor to mitigate risk to visitors from the 2020 Mullen Fire. Day use is still permitted in the area.

Douglas Ranger District

 as of 11/2/2022

  • All campgrounds are closed for the season.
  • LaPrele Guard Station is closed for the season.
  • Visitors are reminded that not all roads/trails on GPS/maps are open for public access. Please consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map for the area you are in to determine public access. Ranger Districts are also a good resource for determining if roads at higher elevations are passable and snow-free as the seasons change.

Thunder Basin National Grassland  

 as of 10/25/2022

  • Conditions in many places are ROUGH - Drive SLOW.
  • In the mining areas, County Roads 4 and 30 have been relocated and are not accurately depicted on current maps. Do not rely on the map to determine your location. Use a GPS and/or web based mapping solutions to determine your current location
  • Please consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map for the area you are in to determine public access.

Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District

as of 12/15/2022

  • All campgrounds are closed for the season. See our Recreation page for up to date information.
  • Seedhouse Road and Buffalo Pass are closed.
  • The bridge on NFSR 128 near Steamboat Springs has washed out. The service road is often used to create a loop with Mad Creek Trail. This has no impact on the trail itself, but may impact visitors that take alternative routes. Please use caution when in the area.
  • Please check the Motor Vehicle Use Map for road specific opening dates. Seasonal weather conditions and natural events may render designated roads and trails impassable for extended periods. Use your best judgement as designated areas may contain dangerous terrain.

Laramie Ranger District

as of 12/5/2022

  • Snowy Range Scenic Byway (WY Hwy 130) has closed for the season. Except for Green Rock and Corner Mountain trailheads, parking lots are not plowed. Expect drifts and snowy conditions. 
  • All roads on Pole Mountain are open for the season
  • All campgrounds are closed for the season. 
  • The Little Laramie River Trail is partially closed until further notice. The bridge is not passable.
  • A camping closure is in effect on the North Platte River corridor to mitigate risk to visitors from the 2020 Mullen Fire. Day use is still permitted in the area.
  • Please consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map for the area you are in to determine public access.

Parks Ranger District

as of 11/3/2022

  • Aspen Campground, Big Creek Lakes Campground and Day Use Area, Hidden Lakes Campground, and Teal Lake Campground and Day Use Area are accessible until heavy snow fall. No services are avaiable for the rest of the season. See our Recreation page for open/closed status.
  • Portions of the Snyder Creek Loop Trail and Radial Mountain Trail will be closed due to logging operations within the vicinity. Please refer to the Forest Order and map for the exact location of the closures. “Closed Trail” signs will be placed at intersecting roads and trail heads.
  • We are asking the public to please report any gray wolf sightings in Jackson County to Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, where there is an online form to report sightings. https://cpw.state.co.us/
  • Thank you for your interest in the Parks Ranger District, have fun and be safe!
  • Please consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map for the area you are in to determine public access.

Yampa Ranger District

as of 12/5/2022

  • Campgrounds are closed for the season. See our Recreation page for a comprehensive list of conditions and statuses.
  • Please consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map to determine public access roads on forest.
  • The Yampa Ranger station is open M-F, 8am-4:30pm (after hours, brochures and other material can be accessed in our outdoor kiosk)