There are a wide range of backcountry camping experiences available in Rocky. Those new to backcountry travel have ample opportunity to break their boots in slowly, while those with many miles under their belt can find new areas that test their mettle.
You may make Wilderness Campsite Reservation Requests online or in person beginning March 1st at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time for a permit for the current calendar year. Phone, mail, email and fax reservations are not accepted.
Wilderness Campsite Reservation Request Application (this link will activate on March 1st, 2016 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time for Summer 2016 Reservation Requests). Mail in or phone in requests are no longer accepted on March 1st.
Most Recent Wilderness Campsite Availability List (this link will activate on March 1st, 2016 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time for Summer 2016 Reservation Requests). Mail in or phone in requests are no longer accepted on March 1st.
Overnight travel in the backcountry requires a permit. Permits and information are available at two Backcountry Offices within Rocky Mountain National Park. Please contact the Backcountry Office for updated information on the status of backcountry campsites.
On the east side of the park, the Backcountry Office is adjacent to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
On the west side of the park, the Backcountry Office is located inside the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
Backcountry offices are open seven days a week, seasonal hours vary. Phone: 970-586-1242
It is your responsibility to know and follow all backcountry rules and regulations. Please read the Backcountry Guide through in its entirety and browse other sections of the backcountry camping section that fits your needs.
Backcountry Food Storage
Between May 1 and October 31, all food items and garbage must be secured inside a commercially-made carry in/carry out bear-resistant food storage container.
This is required for park backcountry areas below tree line and in the Boulder Field of Longs Peak, due to recurring wildlife incidents. Other methods of food storage are not permitted in the backcountry during this period.
You may use your credit card to order any of the following publications by visiting the Rocky Mountain Conservancy website or phoning their office at 800-816-7662.
There are many other excellent sources on backcountry/wilderness hiking and camping. Take the time to learn Leave No Trace principles, how to backpack safely, and how to care for Rocky's wilderness.