Firewood Collection Permits Available from Rocky Mountain National Park
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363
Permits are available to collect firewood generated from hazard tree removals within Rocky Mountain National Park beginning August 15 through September 8. A $20 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged for removing up to five cords of firewood. Initially up to 50 permits will be issued. Additional permits may be available, depending on the amount of firewood remaining.
Firewood permits can be obtained in person at the Backcountry Office adjacent to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center near Estes Park or at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center north of Grand Lake. Permits will be issued daily from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment must be made with cash in the exact amount or a personal check.
Wood is primarily lodgepole pine but may include some Douglas-fir, spruce, ponderosa pine and aspen. The firewood has already been cut into lengths that are manageable and can be loaded into pickup trucks or trailers; no chainsaws will be permitted. Some of the wood was previously inhabited with mountain pine beetle but enough time should have elapsed to allow the beetles to exit the wood. The wood is located at the Glacier Basin Campground on the east side of the park. A wood sale on the west side of the park may be implemented at a later date. Depending upon the success of the Glacier Basin sale, a second permit period may be established in mid to late September or early October.
Firewood can be collected seven days a week between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and only from the location designated in the permit. Permit holders will be authorized non-fee entry into the park for purposes of wood collection. To receive more information and permit availability, please call the park’s information office at 970-586-1206.
Did You Know?
In 2004 there were 190 Search and Rescue incidents in the park, a very small number considering there were about 3 million visitors to the park in that same time period.