San Juan National Forest Regulations

For regulations, please see following sections: 

 

Wilderness Regulations

The following regulations are in effect to protect wilderness ecosystems:

 

Permits:

  • There are currently no permits or registrations required anywhere in the Weminuche, South San Juan, Lizard Head, or Hermosa Wilderness areas.

Group Size

  • Maximum group size is 15 people per group, with a maximum combination of people and stock not to exceed 25.

Camping

  • Camp at least 100 feet (average 35 adult steps) from water. (50 feet in the Hermosa Wilderness)
  • If campfires are allowed, they must also be 100 feet from water.  (50 feet in the Hermosa Wilderness)
  • Do all washing of yourself, clothes, and dishes 100 feet from water sources, using biodegradable soap or no soap. Scatter wash water 100 feet from camp and water sources.

Waste

  • Bury human waste six inches deep in individual catholes at least 100 (average 35 adult steps) feet from camp, trails, and water sources.

Livestock and Pets

  • Recreational livestock are prohibited from being restrained within 100 feet of lakeshores and streams or within riparian areas. 
  • Pets must be under voice control or physical restraint, to protect wildlife and lessen conflict with other visitors.

Travel and Equipment

  • Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is prohibited. This include the use of the following.
    • Motor vehicles
    • Motorboats
    • Motorized equipment
    • Bicycles
    • Hang gliders
    • Wagons
    • Carts
    • Portage wheels
    • Possessing, launching and landing of drones
    • Landing of aircraft including helicopters. 
  • To lessen erosion, shortcutting of switchbacks is prohibited. 

 

Weminuche Wilderness Specific Regulations

 

Regulations for Specific Areas within Weminuche Wilderness

No Camping

No campfires or wood stoves

No restraint of livestock

No grazing of recreational livestock

Needle Creek Drainage
Including Chicago Basin

 

X

 

 

Twin Lakes
Above Needle Creek drainage

X

X

 

 

Vestal Basin

 

X

 

 

Emerald Lake – within ½ mile of north shore and ¼ mile of other shores

X

X

X

X

Little Emerald Lake - Within 500 feet of south shore and ¼ mile of other  shores

X

X

X

X

Flint Lake - Between shore & Flint & La Osa Trails & within 200 feet of west & north shores

X

X

X

X

Fourmile Lake
Within 200 feet of lake

X

X

X

X

Weminuche and East Fork Trails - Park at the junction

 

 

 

X

Archuleta Lake
Within 200 feet of lake

X

X

X

X

West Fork (Rainbow)
Hot springs area

 

X

 

X

West Ute Lake
Within 200 feet of lake

X

X

X

X

 

South San Juan Wilderness Specific Regulations

Camping, campfires, and restraining or grazing of recreational livestock are NOT permitted within 200 feet of Bear Lake, Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Red Lake.

 

Forest-wide Regulations

The following regulations are in effect in this area. Violators may be cited and fined. A complete listing of official orders is available for review in Forest and District offices.

Stock Feed: All feed must be weed-free certified in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, or Utah and marked with certified twine, packing or transit certificate.

Campfires: Do not leave campfires unattended. Make sure fire is out and ashes are cold.

Trash: Pack out and properly dispose of all refuse. Do not bury trash.

Damage to trees: Cutting or damaging live trees without a permit is prohibited.

Caches: Caches or stashing of equipment for more than 14 days is not permitted

Outfitters and Guides: Commercial guides and outfitters must hold a valid permit to operate within National Forests. Contact this Forest to confirm that your outfitter is permitted.

Reserved Campsites: No camping is allowed in or within 100 feet of areas signed as “reserved” or “assigned” to permitted commercial outfitters.

Hunting and Fishing: Hunting and fishing are permitted under regulation by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Licenses are required.





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