• A translucent blanket of clouds hangs over the snowy continental divide above Bear Lake Road. NPS Photo by VIP Olsen

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Backcountry Winter Camping

  • If the designated site has more than 4" of snow, camp at least 200' (70 adult steps) away from the site. Do not camp in the site.
  • Party size is limited to 12 people.
  • Camps must be established.
    1. within the designated winter zone.
    2. at least one mile from the trailhead.
    3. at least 200' (70 adult steps) away from water.
    4. on snow or rock only -- never on vegetation or in meadows.
    5. out of sight and sound of other campers and trails.
  • Fires prohibited. Use portable stoves only.
 

East Side of the Park

Site Code

Drainage Name

Number of Parties

A2

South Fork Cache La Poudre

8

B1

North Fork of Big Thompson

9

B5

Cow Creek

6

C1

Roaring River

6

C2

Fay Lakes

5

C3

Chiquita Creek

4

C4

Fall River

6

C5

Sundance Creek

2

C6

Black Canyon Creek

4

D1

Big Thompson River

9

D2

Gorge Lakes

2

D3

Hayden Creek

5

D4

Hidden River

3

D5

Spruce Creek

3

D6

Fern Creek

3

D7

Beaver Creek

2

E1

Mill Creek

3

E3

Haiyaha Creek

2

E4

Icy Brook

3

E5

Glacier Creek

5

E6

Boulder Brook

4

E7

Wind River

4

F1

Roaring Fork

3

F2

Alpine Brook

6

F3

Inn Brook

2

F4

Cabin Creek

4

G1

North St. Vrain

7

G2

Hunters Creek

2

G3

Campers Creek

2

G4

Sandbeach Lake

2

G5

Ouzel Creek

6

G6

Cony Creek

4

West Side of the Park

H2

Hague Creek

4

H3

Chapin Creek

3

H4

La Poudre River

4

J1

Specimen Creek

3

J2

Colorado River

4

J4

Red Gulch

2

J5

Opposition Creek

2

J6

Big Ditch Creek

2

J7

Sawmill Creek

2

J8

Lulu Creek

3

J9

Bennett Creek

2

K1

Timber Creek

3

K2

Onahu Creek

3

L1

Tonahutu Creek

6

M1

North Inlet

6

M2

Ptarmigan Creek

2

M3

Hallett Creek

2

M4

North Inlet Lakes

2

N1

East Inlet

6

N3

Echo Creek

2

P1

Ranger Creek

2

P2

Pole Creek

2

P3

Columbine Creek

4


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