Access Updates

Conditions change quickly, check with the ranger district office in the area you plan to visit to get the most current information about National Forest System Roads and trails. District-specific information is listed below in alphabetical order by District.

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 listed below.

Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District

 as of 2/4/22

  • Battle Pass (WY Hwy 70) and Snowy Range Scenic Byway (WY Hwy 130) are closed for the season. Check wyoroad.info for conditions on open portions of roads.
  • Brush Creek Barracks will open December 1 and the Snow Survey Cabin is open year round. Both are reservable on recreation.gov.
  • All campgrounds are closed for the season. Hog Park and Silver Lake Campgrounds have closed gates.
  • There is a closure on a portion of the Brush Creek Cross Country Ski Trails System due to timber operations in the area. See Map.

Douglas Ranger District

 as of 2/4/22

  • All Douglas Ranger District Campgrounds are closed in the Laramie Peak and Thunder Basin National Grassland areas.
  • 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  

  • 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

Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District

as of 2/4/22

  • An emergency closure order is in effect for the Morgan Creek Fire. View the closure order and map.
  • All campgrounds are closed for the season
  • Buffalo Pass is open but conditions are beginning to worsen for the season. Please use extreme caution. Forest Service personnel do not advise going beyond Dry Lake.
  • 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. Please use your best judgement as designated areas may contain dangerous terrain.

Laramie Ranger District

as of  3/31/22

  • Snowy Range Scenic Byway (WY Hwy 130) is closed for the season. Check wyoroad.info for conditions from Centennial to Green Rock Trailhead.
  • The Little Laramie River Trail is partially closed until further notice. The bridge is not passable.
  • All Pole Mountain Day Use/Trailheads are currently open, designated campgrounds are closed for the season.
  • Pole Mountain seasonal road closure is in effect. View news release here.
  • All Snowy Range Campgrounds closed.
  • Little Brooklyn Guard Station will not be reservable this season. The Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout and Keystone Cabins are reservable through Recreation.gov.

Parks Ranger District

as of 4/15/22

  • Buffalo Pass is still impassable for standard vehicles and only open to snow travel. There is around several feet of packed snow at the top of the pass.
  • County Road 24 leading to the Guard Station and Buffalo Pass Road is currently open and plowed, but that might change due to incoming snow.
  • Grooming has been discontinued for the season and will begin again next winter in both Buffalo Pass and Gould areas. Please be reminded you need a foot of snow to snowmobile on all motorized National Forest Service trails.
  • In the Gould Area, Road 740 will still be plowed to the snowmobile parking lot, but will also become extremely wet and muddy as the snow will continue to melt.
  • Our campgrounds are still in winter status, however, they will be opening as soon as snow and weather permits. Every campground besides Hidden should be fully open and operational by Memorial Day 2022.
  • Fuelwood permits, maps and passes are available over the phone and in our office. The price for New 2022 fuelwood permits is the minimum being 4 cords for $20 and maximum 10 cords for $50.
  • We are asking the public to please report gray wolf sightings in Parks County to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, where there is an online form to report sightings at their website. Please remember that we are unaware of the whereabouts of the wolves, and gray wolves are an endangered species.
  • According to the CAIC website, avalanche conditions for the Buffalo Pass/Rabbit Ears and Gould Areas are currently considerable above tree line and low below tree line, as of Thursday, April 14, 2022. This can change due to any incoming snow or storm. Please refer to CAIC website for most current avalanche updates.
  • There will be continued slash pile and prescribed fire burning in the Steamboat front country,  and in the area surrounding Strawberry Park. There will also be prescribed burning the Slackweiss area south of Rand, CO, weather permitting. Please don’t be alarmed, our fire crews will be monitoring the burns. You may see smoke from nearby County & State Roads.
  • Thank you for your interest in the Parks Ranger District, have fun and be safe!

Yampa Ranger District

as of 4/19/22

  • All campgrounds are closed for the season.
  • Spring is here, but expect snow to remain on the ground for a few more weeks!
  • Forest Service Roads do not get plowed.
  • If setting up camp, follow forecast closely to avoid getting snowed in.