Recreation

Snowy Ranger Mtns

Welcome 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, horseriding, OHV riding, fishing and hunting, just to name a few. Beautiful vistas await sightseers and photographers.

The topography varies greatly within the national forests. Elevation ranges from 5,500 to 12,940 feet. The climate ranges from semi-arid at low elevations to colder and less arid in the high country. Frost may occur at any time, and visitors to the higher elevations should be prepared for harsh weather, including snow and high winds, even during the summer months.

The Thunder Basin National Grassland provides unique opportunities for recreation, including hiking, sightseeing, hunting, and fishing. There are no developed campgrounds; however, dispersed camping is allowed.  Elevation on the national grassland ranges from 3,600 to 5,200 feet, and the climate is semi-arid.

The following recreation conditions report includes a sampling of our recreation sites.  For information on specific sites or areas, use the link to the right or search by activity in the lefthand search bar.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bottle Creek Campground Open to Visitor $10/night per site; no water, toilets or trash service mid-September thru June.
Bottle Creek Group Picnic Site Open to Visitor Open June thru Sept with water, toilets and trash service. Reserve thru www.recreation.gov
Brush Creek Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Open weekends June through Labor Day, with information on area recreation opportunities.
Deep Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Dry Lake Campground Open to Visitor All sites "first-come, first-served". *No drinking water available.
Dunckley Pass Overlook Picnic Site    At 9,763' feet, the views at this pass are a highlight of the Flat Tops Trail Scenic and Historic Byway on the Yampa Ranger District.
French Creek Campground Open to Visitor $10/night per site. No trash, water or toilet mid-September thru May.
Grizzly Guard Station Recreation Rental Closed to Visitor This historic year-round rental is available by passenger vehicle June through September, by higher clearance vehicles in the Fall and Spring seasons, and by snowmobile or cross-country skis or snow shoes during the Winter. Go to recreation.gov for rental information and reservations.
Hahns Peak Lake Campground Open to Visitor Reservations at www.recreation.gov, or 877-444-6777. *WATER NOT AVAILABLE
Hinman Park Campground Open to Visitor All sites "first-come, first-served".
Hog Park Campground Open to Visitor Gate CLOSED mid-September with no services; open mid-June thru Labor Day. $10/night per site.
Jack Creek Campground Closed to Visitor No toilets, trash service or water mid-September thru June.
Jack Creek Crew Quarters Open to Visitor 1980's two story bunkhouse. Reserve using Recreation.gov
Jack Creek Guard Station Closed to Visitor Rustic cabin located near Jack Creek Crew Quarters. Reserve using Recreation.gov
Libby Creek Willow Campground Open to Visitor
Lincoln Park Campground Open to Visitor $10/night per site. No water, toilets or trash service after mid-September. No reservable sites.
Lost Creek Campground Open to Visitor $10/night per site. No water, toilets or trash service mid-September thru June. No reservable sites.
Lynx Pass Campground Open to Visitor
Ryan Park Campground Open to Visitor $10 per/night per site. NO trash, toilets or water mid-September through May. Reservable sites June-Labor Day using Recreation.gov.
Sawmill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Dispersed camping allowed. Please pack out what you pack in.
Seedhouse Campground Open to Visitor Reservations at www.recreation.gov, or 877-444-6777.
Six Mile Trailhead Open to Visitor Trail accesses North Platte River's west bank for approximately five miles.
Snow Survey Cabin Closed to Visitor Available year-round. Cabin can be driven to during the Summer and Autumn. Winter access is by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. Reserve cabin through www.recreation.gov.
South Brush Creek Campground Open to Visitor $10/night per site.
Vedauwoo Campground Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Fish Creek Falls TH: Trail #1102

Fish Creek Falls

Trail Map

*The MBRTB continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to recreation sites. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers. Safe social distancing is encouraged.

 

Fish Creek Falls Trailhead #1102 is located in the Steamboat Springs Area and managed by the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. Enjoy a great view of the waterfalls from an wheelchair accessible overlook trail or a dirt trail can take you down to the base of the falls, and a historical bridge, which crosses Fish Creek and continues the trail 5 miles to Long Lake and connects to the 1101,1032. Vault toilet are provided. Area open year round, providing snow shoeing and ice climbing in the winter months.

Vedauwoo Campground

The campground is composed of two loops, winding around the boulders, slabs and cliffs of the Vedauwoo rock formation which comprises 10 square miles of weathered Sherman granite.  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.

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.

It is located in the Pole Mountain area and is managed by the Laramie Ranger District.

Bear Lake Campground

July 28th, 2020
Please note,
the Bear Lake Campground and surrounding area has been experiencing record high traffic and has been at full capacity on weekends this season and all sites are first come basis (no reservations). Please note, if campsites fill, this area does not offer dispersed camping. All camping is developed designated sites indicated by a post with a number of the campsite on it. The making of new campsites or camping at trailheads or day use area are not allowed.

The Bear Lake Campground is located in the Flat Tops 11 miles outside of Yampa, Colorado on Forest Service Road 900, adjacent to Bear River, between Yamcolo Reservoir and Stillwater Reservoir.

The campground is composed of 2 loops in dense tree cover of Engelmann Spruce, Subalpine Fir and a few Aspen and Lodgepole.

*Although the lake is adjacent to the campground, the campsites are NOT on the lake and do not offer a lake view or views of the Flat Tops. A few sites offer partial views of the towering black cliffs that identify the wilderness boundary.

NUMBER OF SITES: 43 (including 2 double sites, and 1 triple site)
MAX TRAILER LENGTH: 30ft (trailers longer in length can find larger sites outside of the campground along FS RD 900 and many offer pull through capability as well.)

AMENITIES: Picnic tables, vault toilets, potable water, fire grates and trash service.

ELEVATION: 9,500 ft. 

DAY USE AREA: Yes, with fishing pier and picnic area

CAMP HOST ON SITE: Yes 

AMENITIES: Vault toilets, trash, potable water, bear containers, fire grates, picnic tables, and camp hosts to answer questions. Outside of the campground is a free day use area with a fishing pier.

NEAREST RV WASTE STATION: Located at the Stagecoach State Park outside of Oak Creek, or at the KOA campground in Steamboat Springs, CO

BOAT REGULATIONS: Electric trolling motors are allowed. Internal combustion engines are not allowed. (Combustion engines only allowed at Yamcolo Reservoir within a few miles).

RECREATION: Fishing/Hiking/Boating/Stand-up Paddle Board.
 

HIKING NEARBY: *Please note, most hiking trails typically still have snow and are not accessible until late June.
For details on these trails go to homepage, click recreation, click day hiking, click the area.

  • Mandall Lakes Trailhead
  • Smith Lake Trailhead
  • Stillwater Trailhead
  • Trail summery information sheets for hiking are available at the Yampa Ranger Station outdoor kiosk. in downtown Yampa at 300 Roselawn Ave


 
 

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.

CAMP SITES: 20 sites  (6 pull-throughs for smaller trailers)
MAX TRAILER LENGTH: 25ft

ELEVATION: 8,080

FIRE BANS/RESTRICTIONS:
Please check with the Brush Creek Hayden Ranger station prior to your arrival to find out if campfires are allowed as fire restrictions and fire bans can go into effect at any given time 307-326-5258

CAMP HOST ON SITE: Yes

AMENITIES: Picnic tables, fire grates, toilets and trash service. (Mid September there is NO water, trash service or toilets thru May.)

CAMP HOST ON SITE: Yes

PETS: Allowed, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under control at all times.

ACTIVITIES:

  • Brush Creek Hiking Trail System
  • Stump Hollow and Cedar OHV trails
  • Fishing in area streams
    • For detailed information on activities go to homepage, click recreation, click day hiking, click 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 is 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.

Lincoln Park Campground

This campground is three miles off the Snowy Range Scenic Byway (Hwy 130) beside North Brush Creek. Lincoln Park campground offers a great base camp to explore the Medicine Bow National Forest.

CAMP SITES: 12 (trailer & RV and tent camping)
(Ryan Park Campground is another option in the area (about 12 miles south) and has 43 campsites.)

CAMP HOST ON SITE: Yes

AMENITIES: Picnic tables, potable water, toilets, fire grates and trash service. 

ELEVATION: 7,800

OHV/ATV Trails:  

  • Stump Hollow Trail
  • Cedar Creek Trail. 
  • Kennaday Peak is nearby and offers a panaramic view of the area.  
    • Pick up a free Motor Vehicle Use Map at the Ranger station in Saratoga, WY.

ACTIVITIES:

  • FISHING: Streams in the area support populations of brook and brown trout.
  • OTHER ACTIVITIES: Hiking, horseback riding, OHV riding, fishing, mountain biking, hunting, picnicking, winter sports and wildlife viewing.
    • For more hiking information go to homepage, click recreation, click day activity, then click the area.

 

 


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