Access Updates

District-specific information is listed below in alphabetical order.

As always, please check the Motor Vehicle Use Maps for road specific opening dates, which varies as weather/snow permits.

Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District (Saratoga, Wyo.)

 as of 11/27/2023

  • Snowy Range Scenic Byway is closed for the season. Battle Pass is still open. 
  • All campgrounds are closed for the season. 
  • The dock at Hog Park Reservoir has been removed for the season.
  • Snow Survey Cabin is open year round and reservable on recreation.gov.
  • The Barracks at Brush Creek Work Center will be opening soon for reservations. Please check back on recreation.gov for opening date.

Douglas Ranger District (Douglas, Wyo.)

Laramie Peak Unit

as of 11/29/2023

  • All of the campgrounds are closed for the season. 
  • LaPrele Guard Station is closed for the season.  
  • Do not attempt to drive on Black Mountain Lookout Road. 

Thunder Basin National Grassland  

 as of 7/17/2023

  • Conditions in many places are ROUGH. The main road is in good shape, but many side roads have deep ruts and are not passable. 
  • 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 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.)

as of 11/14/2023

  • All campgrounds are closed for the season. 
    • Dispersed camping on the forest is available along HWY 40 (Rabbit Ears Pass) and allows camping in the Dumont Parking lot and in the Muddy Creek Parking lot (Mostly suitable for campers) as it is just a parking lot.
  • The bridge to Fish Creek Falls is open. There is a four person limit on the bridge at this time. 
  • Buffalo Pass is open.

Laramie Ranger District (Laramie, Wyo.)

as of 11/27/2023

  • Snowy Range Scenic Byway is closed 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.
  • Rob Roy thinning project has started. The mechanical thinning is in two units around Rob Roy reservoir. Heavy equipment and log trucks will be in the area. The project is being managed by Wyoming State Forestry Division. 

Parks Ranger District (Walden, Colo.)

as of 1/29/2024

  • For staffing reasons, the Parks Ranger District front office will temporarily close to the public for two weeks, Jan. 29-Feb. 9. Phones will be forwarded to the Yampa Ranger District.
  • All campgrounds are closed for the season. 
  • 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.​
  • Forest Road 792.1 is temporarily closed for repairs on bridge. Please refer to the Forest Order and map for the exact location of the closure. 
  • We are asking the public to please report any gray wolf sightings in Jackson County to Colorado Parks and Wildlife's website, where there is an online form to report sightings. https://cpw.state.co.us/

Yampa Ranger District (Yampa, Colo.)

as of 11/14/2023

  • All campgrounds are closed for the season.
  • Sheriff Reservoir is being drained for dam maintenance and user should take caution when accessing the area.
  • Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway is now open.
  • The Yampa River is not managed by the Forest Service. Questions must be made to: The National Parks Service River Office at 970-374-2468 or send questions to their email: dino_river_office@NPS.gov or visit www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/non-commercial-river-trips.htm