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Rocky Mountain Region

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Safety of visitors is the number one concern of the US Forest Service. An effect of the on-going Mountain Pine Beetle infestation throughout our Region is the danger of falling beetle-killed trees, not only in developed campgrounds, but throughout the forests along backcountry hiking trails and roads, as well. On the campground pages of forests within our Region you will find the campgrounds which will be closed for the summer, along with those which will have delayed openings, while hazard trees are removed. If the campground you are interested in has been closed or will have a delayed opening, call the Ranger District office [.pdf file 120 KB] closest to the campground for updated information.If you already have a campsite reservation in an affected campground, you will be notified of any changes by Recreation.gov logo and link to Recreation.gov. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.



Recreation.gov logo and link to Recreation.govWhether you’re driving a motorhome, pulling a trailer or just looking for a place to pitch a tent, one of the over 500 campgrounds in the 17 national forests and 7 national grasslands managed by the US Forest Service in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and most of South Dakota and Wyoming will have a spot just right for you! Most campgrounds in the Rocky Mountain Region are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

A Forest Visitor Map is useful in showing the location of developed campgrounds, main roads, forest roads, trails, wilderness areas, scenic areas, private land, Forest Supervisor and Ranger District offices and other features. To order a Rocky Mountain Region National Forest or Grassland Visitor Map, please click HERE.

The four types of camping that are allowed in the Rocky Mountain Region's national forests and national grasslands are listed below. Click on one of the camping types and you will be taken further down the page for more information.

  • Small image of a tent and dollar sign DEVELOPED CAMPGROUNDS:
  • Traditional camping in a developed US Forest Service campground with a tent pad, covered grill and parking spot. more»

  • Small tent image DISPERSED CAMPING:
  • Dispersed camping can be in either designated areas or in non-designated areas. more»

  • Small image of two hikers with backpacks BACKPACKING CAMPING:
  • Overnight backpacking trips should be undertaken only by those who are accustomed to hiking mountain trails and are familiar with backpacking techniques. more»

  • Small image of a tent and horse rider HORSE CAMPING:
  • A permit is NOT required to ride horses in national forests or grasslands but you must follow Weed-Free forage guidelines for national forests and grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region. more»

Whether you are camping in a developed campground or far away from civilization in the backcountry, either backpacking or on your horse, all campers should follow the ideals of Leave No Trace and Pack It In - Pack It Out!

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DEVELOPED CAMPGROUND INFORMATION

Developed Campgrounds charge a fee for campsites that can acommodate anything from a single tent to a 30' Recreational Vehicle, or larger in some cases. Saddle and pack stock are not allowed in most campgrounds. There are campgrounds that only offer campsites on a first-come, first-serve basis and others that offer campsites that can be reserved through Recreation.gov logo and link to Recreation.gov up to 240 days in advance for individual campsites and 360 days in advance for group campgrounds. As a general rule of thumb, 2/3 of the campsites are reserveable at developed campgrounds that offer campsite reservations. The remaining 1/3 of that developed campground's campsites are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. When trying to get a first-come, first-serve campsite at a campground that accepts reservations, it is a good idea to try and arrive at the campground by Thursday night.

Use the map below to find all the US Forest Service campgrounds within the Rocky Mountain Region. When you click on the state you want to camp in, a new window will open with the state map in it. From there, click on the forest or grassland you would like to camp in and you will be directed to that forest or grassland's Campground Information Web page.

 

Map of Wyoming and link to the Wyoming Campground Web Page Map of Colorado and link to the Colorado Campground Web Page Map of Kansas and link to the Kansas Campground Web Page Map of Nebraska and link to the Nebraska Campground Web Page Map of South Dakota and link to the South Dakota Campground Web Page

 

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Tent image DISPERSED CAMPING INFORMATION

Dispersed camping can be in either designated areas or in non-designated areas. When camping in non-designated areas, the general rule is to be 100 feet from any road, trail or water source. Some areas in National Forests are closed to dispersed camping, so check postings carefully and check with the local Ranger District [.pdf file 120 KB] office before you head out into the backcountry. Please respect private landowners.

 

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Image of two hikers with backpacks BACKPACKING INFORMATION

Overnight backpacking trips should be undertaken only by those who are accustomed to hiking mountain trails and are familiar with backpacking techniques. Click on the Backpacking icon below to view an excellent guide to backpacking information. Please respect private landowners.

 

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Image of a tent and horse rider HORSE CAMPING INFORMATION

A permit is NOT required to ride horses in national forests or grasslands but you must follow Weed-Free forage guidelines for national forests and national grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region.  For details on forage restrictions in the Rocky Mountain Region click on your state's Weed Free Forage Web site link from the list below. Saddle and pack stock are not allowed in most campgrounds.

Use low impact riding, camping, and horse tethering methods to minimize your animals' impact on natural resources and ensure that camp areas remain enjoyable for others! Please respect private landowners. It can also be a good idea to contact the local Ranger District [.pdf file 120 KB] office to find out where the best horse trails are.

 

WEED FREE FORAGE WEB SITE LINKS:

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  • 2005 WEED FREE FORAGE REGIONAL ORDER - [.pdf file icon and link to file 21KB or Internet Explorer icon and link to HTML file]

  • COLORADO - [Internet Explorer icon and link to HTML file]

  • KANSAS - [Internet Explorer icon and link to HTML file]

  • NEBRASKA - [Internet Explorer icon and link to HTML file]

  • SOUTH DAKOTA - [Internet Explorer icon and link to HTML file]

  • WYOMING - [Internet Explorer icon and link to HTML file]

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