• Photo of golden aspen with Hallet Peak in the background. NPS Photo by J. Frank

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

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Bivouac Sites

A bivouac is defined as a temporary, open-air encampment.

  • Permits are issued only to technical climbers.
  • The climb must be 4 or more technical pitches and 3½ or more miles from the trailhead.
  • Party size is limited to 4 people and all members must be climbing.
  • A bivouac must be established.
    1. within the designated bivy zone, or at the base or on the face of the climb.
    2. at least 200' (70 adult steps) from water.
    3. with camp set up at dusk and taken down before dawn.
    4. without the use of erected type shelters, tents or supported tarps.
    5. on rock or snow only, not on vegetation, and out of meadows.
  • Fires prohibited. Use portable stoves only.
  • Stock prohibited.
 

Name

Number of Climbers

Longs Peak Bivies

Longs Peak-Broadway

6

Longs Peak-Chasm View

6

Longs Peak-Meeker Cirque

8

Longs Peak-Mills Glacier

14

Glacier Gorge Bivies

Arrowhead-Solitude Lake

6

McHenrys Peak

6

Upper Glacier Gorge

12

Notchtop Bivy

Notchtop Mountain

8

Sky Pond Bivies

Sky Pond

8

The Gash

6

 
 

Did You Know?

a photo of gneiss (a metamorphic rock)

The oldest rocks in the park are metamorphic (biotite schist and gneiss) estimated at 1.7 billion years old, making them some of the oldest rocks within the National Park System.