Parks Ranger District

Area Status: Open
This area is Open


The Parks Ranger District is nestled into the Northwest Central Mountains of Colorado, bordered on the north by Wyoming, the Medicine Bow Mountains and the Rawah Wilderness on the east, the Zirkel Wilderness on the west, and the Park and Rabbit Ears ranges to the south (also known as the Troublesome Area).  

These National Forest lands encircle what is known as "North Park," an open, sagebrush upland of 40 square miles.  It is one of three parks in Colorado, joining "Middle Park" and "South Park" in the trio.   Parks Ranger District is one of six Ranger Districts on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, and is situated east of the Continental Divide.  There are three Ranger Districts in Colorado and three in Wyoming. The Parks Ranger District Office is located in Walden, the only incorporated town in North Park.

  • Forest Service Maps for the Medicine Bow or Routt National Forests may be obtained at any of our district offices for $14.00, or over the phone with a credit card. 
  • Motor Vehicle Use Maps (or MVUMs) can quickly tell you if a motorized route is open or if dispersed camping is allowed along a particluar road, and are free to you at your request. 
  • Please call the Parks Ranger District at 970-723-2700 for more detailed information.
  • There are numerous recreation activities available on the Parks Ranger District.  Select Mount Zirkel/Park RangeSnowy Range, or Troublesome under 'Areas & Activities' in the right-hand sidebar to find recreation sites on the Parks Ranger District.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, District offices are closed to the public. Information can be obtained by phone, and some maps and information are on display outside of offices. Please call the Parks Ranger District for current conditions of sites and restrictions in place.
Operational Hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Open Season: January - December
Closest Towns: Walden, CO
Water: No Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Information Center: Parks Ranger District
100 Main St
Walden, CO 2700

General Information


From Walden, CO, at the intersection of Hwy 14 and Hwy 125, head north. The Ranger District is on the left after 0.6 miles.

Recreation Map

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