Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping means camping outside of developed campgrounds on the

Rio Grande National Forest or San Luis Valley BLM land



  1. Road 250, from Hwy 17 turnoff (Horca) north to Stunner Pass Except in two designated, signed, areas.
  2. Signed areas in Trujillo Meadows Reservoir and campground areas.
  3. Road 360 from Hwy 160 to Beaver Creek Reservoir.
  4. Road 410 from Hwy 160 to Big Meadows Reservoir.
  5. Big Spring & Poso picnic areas.
  6. North CrestoneTrailhead.
  7. Within 300 feet of Machin Lake
  8. Within Wheeler Geologic Area except designated sites.


There are a few things you can do to help:

  • Camp at already used dispersed camping sites.
  • Camp at least 150 feet from water sources.
  • All vehicles must stay within 300 feet of a designated road.
  • Pack out all of your trash and dispose of it properly.
  • Dig a pit for your toilet needs at least 150 feet from water and cover the pit before you leave.
  • Always dump sewage from trailers and motor homes at designated dump stations, not on the ground.
  • Do not leave campfires unattended and check with the local Forest Service office for current fire restrictions.
  • Motorized travel is allowed only on authorized roads and trails. Obtain a Motor Vehicle Use Map from any of the offices or online
  • Camping is limited to 14 days, any 30 day period, on the Rio Grande National Forest.
  • All hay must be certified weed free.


A Rio Grande National Forest visitor map can be useful for information regarding the main roads, private land, trails, landmarks and other features.

Maps may be purchased with a credit card at nationalforeststore.com or by calling 719-274-8971.