Recreation

Recreation Area MapWelcome to Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland! Visitor opportunities abound on almost 2.9 million acres of National Forest System lands.

The Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests provide year-round recreation opportunities for you. These activities include hiking, biking, camping, snowmobiling, skiing, horseback riding, OHV riding, fishing and hunting, just to name a few. Elevation ranges from 5,500 to 12,940 feet. Beautiful vistas await sightseers and photographers. The Thunder Basin National Grassland provides unique opportunities for recreation, including hiking, sightseeing, hunting, and fishing. Elevation on the national grassland ranges from 3,600 to 5,200 feet.

Recreation sites are subdivided into the areas seen in the map on the right. Use the buttons below or list in the left sidebar to explore recreation areas by activity. For information on specific sites or areas, use the map below or the "Find An Area" feature in the right sidebar.

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aspen Campground Open to Visitor Campground open with restroom, no water or trash services.
Bear Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Bear River Developed Camp Sites Open to Visitor
Big Creek Lakes Campground Open to Visitor
Blacktail Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Bobbie Thomson Campground Closed to Visitor
Bottle Creek Campground Open to Visitor 7/21/21 open for season
Bottle Creek Group Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Bow River Campground Open to Visitor 7/21/21 open for season, no trash services.
Brooklyn Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Campbell Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Chapman Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor
Cold Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Curtis Gulch Campground Open to Visitor
Deep Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open for season 7/21/21
Dry Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open for the season 5/25/21 *NO WATER AVAILABLE
Dumont Lake Campground Open to Visitor Opened for the season 06/18/2021
Esterbrook Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/21 - Opened for season.
Freeman Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor Open for the season 6/11/2021
French Creek Campground Open to Visitor 7/21/21 - Open for season
Friend Park Campground Open to Visitor 5/28/21 - Open for season, no water.
Granite Campground Open to Visitor Opened for the season 7/5/2021 *Water not available at campground.
Hahns Peak Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Hidden Lakes Campground Open to Visitor 05/27/21 - Open for season.
Hinman Park Campground Closed to Visitor 07/10/21 Closed due to Morgan Creek Fire, view closure: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd930558.pdf
Hog Park Campground Open to Visitor 7/21/21 currently open, water offline due to pump issue.
Horseshoe Campground Open to Visitor
Jack Creek Campground Open to Visitor 7/21/21 open for season
Jack Creek Guard Station Open to Visitor
Lake Owen Campground Closed to Visitor 05/15/21 - Closed due to hazard tree removal
Libby Creek Pine Campground Open to Visitor
Libby Creek Spruce Campground Closed to Visitor
Libby Creek Willow Campground Open to Visitor
Lincoln Park Campground Open to Visitor 5/27/21 - Open for season.
Lost Creek Campground Open to Visitor 5/27/21 - Open for season, no trash services.
Lynx Pass Campground Closed to Visitor 6/24/2021: Due to the Muddy Slide Wildland Fire, this recreation area and surrounding area is closed. View closure https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd926035.pdf
Meadows Campground Open to Visitor Opened for the season 6/23/2021
Miller Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Nash Fork Campground Open to Visitor No trash services or potable water.
North Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Pelton Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Due to impacts from the Mullen Fire, the opening of Pelton Creek Campground will be delayed for the 2021 season.
Pines Campground Open to Visitor 5/27/21 - Open for season. 
Rob Roy Campground Open to Visitor
Ryan Park Campground Open to Visitor 7/21//21 - Open for season, water currently off due to quality issues.
Sawmill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Dispersed camping allowed. Please pack out what you pack in.
Seedhouse Campground Closed to Visitor 07/10/21 Closed due to Morgan Creek Fire, view closure: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd930558.pdf
Seedhouse Group Campground Closed to Visitor 07/10/21 Closed due to Morgan Creek Fire, view closure: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd930558.pdf
Sheriff Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor
Silver Lake Campground Open to Visitor 7/21/21 open for season
Six Mile Campground Open to Visitor 7/23/21 Open
South Brush Creek Campground Open to Visitor 7/21/21 - Open for season
Sugarloaf Campground Open to Visitor
Summit Lake Campground Open to Visitor Opened 6/26/2021 All sites "first-come, first-served".
Teal Lake Campground Open to Visitor 05/27/21 - Open for season.
Tie City Campground Open to Visitor
Vaughan Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Vedauwoo Campground Open to Visitor 5/27/21 - Open for season
Yamcolo Reservoir Camping, Fishing and Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Yellow Pine Campground Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Fish Creek Falls TH: Trail #1102

Fish Creek Falls

Trail Map

Fish Creek Falls Trailhead #1102 provides a great view of the waterfalls from a wheelchair accessible overlook trail and a dirt trail leading to base of the falls. A historical bridge, which crosses Fish Creek, continues the trail 5 miles to Long Lake and connects to Trail #1101 and Trail #1032. Vault toilet are provided. Area open year round, providing snow shoeing and ice climbing in the winter months.

Vedauwoo Campground

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The campground is composed of two loops, winding around the boulders, slabs and cliffs of the Vedauwoo rock formation. The formation is made up of 10 square miles of weathered Sherman granite, providing lots of space to explore.  There are 28 campsites with tables, fire rings, trash pick up and vault toilets.  This area is constructed to blend in with the natural beauty of the surroundings.  The vegetation is a variety of Limber pine, Engleman spruce, Douglas fir, and Aspen. Potable water is available inside the RV campground, look for the water pump.

The general area was once used as a hideout for outlaws. Native Americans thought playful spirits piled up the boulders. All the tent sites are walk-ins and some of them are so secluded, one might feel the "outlaw's spirit."   There is access to rock climbing and a nature trail through the rocks.

Bear Lake Campground

The Bear Lake Campground is located 11 miles outside of Yampa, Colorado on Forest Service Road 900, adjacent to Bear River, between Yamcolo Reservoir and Stillwater Reservoir. The campground’s 43 campsites are spaced throughout 2 loops in dense tree cover of Engelmann Spruce, Subalpine Fir and a few Aspen and Lodgepole. There are 2 double sites and 1 triple site. All campsites have a picnic table and fire grate, and a camp host is on site. Although the lake is adjacent to the campground, the campsites do not offer a view of the lake. A few sites offer partial views of the towering black cliffs that identify the wilderness boundary. The Bear Lake Fishing Pier and Bear Lake Picnic Area offer recreation nearby. Additionally, Mandall Lakes, Smith Lake, and Stillwater Trailhead are nearby and typically free of snow by late June.

South Brush Creek Campground

South Brush Creek Campground is located on the west side of the Snowy Range along the shore of South Brush Creek and is a sunny campground composed of two sections located in a dense stand of Lodgepole pines, fir and Aspen trees next to South Brush Creek. The campground has 20 sites, with 6 pull-through sites for trailers under 25 feet. Amenities include picnic tables, fire grates, toilets, trash service, and a camp host on site, and water is available late May through mid September. Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under control at all times. Many hiking, OHV, and fishing opportunities are available in the area.

Mirror Lake Picnic & Fishing Site

Mirror Lake Picnic and Fishing Site

Mirror Lake is a popular picnic and fishing stop on the Snowy Range Highway. The site offers 15 picnic tables with scenic views near the base of Medicine Bow Peak. It provides lakeside access for fishing and a short easy walking trail to the West Lake Marie Trailhead. Other popular hiking trails in the area include the Medicine Bow Peak, Lake Marie Falls, Lakes Trail and Miners Cabin Trails. This site should not be missed if you are traveling along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway. No services mid-September thru June.

Lincoln Park Campground

This campground is three miles off the Snowy Range Scenic Byway (Hwy 130) beside North Brush Creek. Lincoln Park campground is situated at 7,800 feet elevation and offers a great base camp to explore the Medicine Bow National Forest. It includes 12 campsites suitable for trailer, tent, and RV camping. Sites include picnic tables and fire grates, and  potable water, toilets, and trash services are accessible during the open season. 

Stump Hollow Trail, Cedar Creek Trail, and Kennaday Peak are popular OHV destinations and trails nearby. Kennaday Peak offers a panoramic view of the area. To plan your trail riding, check out the Motor Vehicle Use Map to ensure that you ride safely and legally.

Other activities include fishing in nearby streams that support populations of brook and brown trout. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, picnicking, winter sports, and wildlife viewing opportunities abound in the Snowy Range area.



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