Recreation


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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 dropdown above 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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aspen Campground Closed Closed 10/27/23 - Closed for season.
Bear Lake Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Bear River Developed Camp Sites Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Big Creek Lakes Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Blacktail Creek Campground Closed Closed 10/16/2023 Closed for the season
Bottle Creek Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Bow River Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Brooklyn Lake Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Campground closed for the season.
Campbell Creek Campground Closed Closed 6/16/2023 - Open for season with water available.
Chapman Reservoir Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Cold Springs Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Curtis Gulch Campground Closed Closed
Deep Creek Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Dry Lake Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Dumont Lake Campground Closed Closed 10/24/23 - Closed for season.
Esterbrook Campground Closed Closed
Fish Creek Falls Picnic Site Open Open 10/2/2023 - Water shut off for season
Freeman Reservoir Campground Closed Closed 11/11/23 - Closed for season.
French Creek Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Friend Park Campground Closed Closed 6/16/2023 - Open for season with water available.
Granite Campground Closed Closed 9/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Grizzly Guard Station Recreation Rental Closed Closed 3/28/23 - Guard station closed until further notice.
Hahns Peak Lake Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Hidden Lakes Campground Open Open
Hinman Park Campground Closed Closed 9/29/23 - Closed for season.
Hog Park Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Horseshoe Campground Closed Closed 11/11/23 - Closed for season.
Jack Creek Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Jack Creek Guard Station Closed Closed 10/25/2023 - Closed for season.
La Prele Guard Station Closed Closed
Lake Owen Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Libby Creek Pine Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Libby Creek Willow Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Lincoln Park Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Little Brooklyn Guard Station Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed 11/7/22 - There is a substantial amount of repairs needed to get the Guard Station back to a rentable condition. There is no timeline for opening at this time.
Lost Creek Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Lynx Pass Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Meadows Campground Closed Closed 10/20/23 - Closed for season.
Nash Fork Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed Closed for the entire 2023 season due to renovations.
Pelton Creek Campground Closed Closed 10/12/2023 - closed for season
Pines Campground Closed Closed 10/27/23 - Closed for season.
Rob Roy Campground Closed Closed 10/12/2023 - Campground closed for season
Ryan Park Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Sandstone Cabin Closed Closed 10/25/2023 - Closed for season.
Seedhouse Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Seedhouse Group Campground Closed Closed 10/11/23 - Closed for season.
Seedhouse Guard Station Open Open 6/1/22 - Seedhouse Road is open fully open.
Sheriff Reservoir Campground Closed Closed 11/11/23 - Closed for season.
Silver Lake Campground Closed Closed 10/17/23 - Closed for season.
Six Mile Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Snow Survey Cabin Open Open Open year round.
South Brush Creek Campground Closed Closed 10/30/2023 - Closed for season.
Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout Closed Closed 10/1/2023 - Closed for season, reservations available 6 months in advance.
Sugarloaf Campground Closed Closed 10/4/2023 - Campground closed for the season.
Summit Lake Campground Closed Closed 10/24/23 - Closed for season.
Teal Lake Campground Closed Closed 11/14/23 - Closed for season.
Tie City Campground Closed Closed 10/17/23 - Campground closed for season
Vaughan Lake Campground Closed Closed 11/14/23 - Closed for season.
Vedauwoo Campground Closed Closed 10/27/2023 - Closed for season.
Yellow Pine Campground Closed Closed 10/27/2023 - Closed for season.

Spotlights

Fish Creek Falls TH: Trail #1102

Alternative route to hike is to park approximately 2 miles below the Fish Creek Parking lot entrance (The parking lot is owned and operated by the city of steamboat and does provide access to the trail for out and back hiking. 

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 the 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

alt=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.Some of the campsites are so secluded, one might feel the "outlaw's spirit." There is access to rock climbing and a nature trail through the rocks.

This site is under consideration for a fee change - Click here for more information

Bear Lake Campground

The Bear Lake Campground is located 11 miles outside of Yampa, Colorado on Forest Service Road 900. Although the campground sits adjacent to Bear Lake, it does not offer lakeviews or views of the Flat Tops and is surrounded by lodge pole pine. You can find the typical range of outdoor recreation, from fishing and boating, to great hiking and also popular for big game hunting during the fall and snowmobiling during the winter.

There are 43 campsites (1 double-site and 2 triple-sites), vault toilets, potable water, and trash services (seasonally). 

The Bear Lake Fishing Pier and Bear Lake Picnic Area are located within a short walk outside of the campground's entrance and are both free of charge for day use only. No camping allowed at day use area, however there are plenty of camping opportunities in the immediate area.  

Additionally, those interested in hiking can access Mandall Lakes, Smith Lake, and Stillwater Trailhead nearby within a short drive along Forest Service Road 900. The trailheads are all clearly marked with a sign and can be seen from the road. 

If bringing a boat, there is a boat ramp close by at Yamcolo Reservoir.

This site is under consideration for a fee change - Click here for more information

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.

This site is under consideration for a fee change - Click here for more information

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.

This site is under consideration for a fee change - Click here for more information

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.

This site is under consideration for a fee change - Click here for more information