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Backcountry Designated Site Details

Due to rapidly changing conditions associated with the mountain pine beetle infestation and resulting dead trees that pose potential hazards, our requirements and regulations associated with camp sites and camping are also changing rapidly. Contact the Backcountry Office (970-586-1242) for current conditions, site availability, and regulations and requirements.

Designated Site Regulations:
1. Pitch tent(s) as close to the indicated site as is safely possible out of potential hazard from standing dead trees.
2. Use stoves only. Fires prohibited, unless staying in a wood fire site with visible metal fire ring (using dead and down wood only).
3. Party size is limited to 7 at individual sites and 12 at group sites. Due to excessive impact, groups over 7 persons must use group sites or split up and camp at least one mile apart.
4. If the designated site has more than 4" of snow, follow the Backcountry Winter Camping guidelines.

 

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North Fork Area (North Fork Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Dunraven Trailhead

7,960

001

Boundary Creek*

6/2

2

4.6

9,120

1,160

Yes

002

Kettle Tarn CLOSED

003

Silvanmere*

6/4

2

5.6

9,360

1,400

No

004

Halfway*

6/2

3

5.6

9,340

1,380

Yes

005

Aspen Meadow Group*

5/31

1

5.9

9,520

1,560

Yes

006

Happily Lost*

6/4

1

6.2

9,560

1,600

Yes

007

Lost Falls*

6/11

2

6.7

9,600

1,640

Yes

008

Sugarloaf

6/7

1

8.2

10,290

2,330

Yes

009

Stormy Peaks South

7/5

1

8.6

10,840

2,880

Yes

010

Stormy Peaks

7/8

1

11.0

10,710

2,750

No

010

Stormy Peaks Group

CLOSED

011

Lost Meadow

6/17

1

8.4

10,420

2,460

Yes

011

Lost Meadow Group

6/17

1

8.4

10,420

2,460

Yes

012

Lost Lake

7/6

4

9.7

10,710

2,750

Yes


 

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Mummy Range Area (Mummy Range Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Lawn Lake Trailhead
Lumpy Ridge/Cow Creek Trailheads

8,540

7,840

013 Rabbit Ears 5/13 1 1.4 8,100 260 Yes
014 Peregrine 5/10 1 2 8,480 640 Yes
015 McGregor Mtn 5/30 2 4.6 9,040 1,200 Yes
016 Bighorn Mtn Group 6/25 1 6.8 10,320 2,480 Yes

017

Lower Tileston

6/17

1

6.6

10,650

2,110

Yes

018

Tileston Meadows

6/24

2

6.3

10,800

2,260

Yes

019

Upper Chipmunk

6/30

2

4.2

10,640

2,100

Yes

020

Ypsilon Creek CLOSED

021

Cutbank

5/21

1

2.4

9,620

1,080

Yes

022

Golden Banner

5/24

2

2.5

9,600

1,060

Yes

023

Lawn Lake

6/26

4

6.2

10,990

2,450

Yes



 

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Gorge Lakes Area

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Milner Pass Trailhead

10,760

024

Little Rock Lake

7/1

1

6

10,280

-480

No



 

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Bear Lake Area (Bear Lake Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Bear Lake Trailhead
Glacier Gorge Trailhead
East Portal
Trailhead
Fern/Cub Lake Trailheads

9,475

9,240


8,320


8,150

025

Ute Meadow

6/10

1

2.7

9,450

990

No

026

Arch Rock

5/13

1

1.6

8,240

90

No

027

Old Forest Inn

5/13

2

1.7

8,400

250

Yes

028

Fern Lake

6/10

4

3.8

9,530

1,380

Yes

028

Fern Lake Group

6/10

1

3.8

9,530

1,380

Yes

029

Spruce Lake

6/24

2

4.6

9,670

1,520

Yes

030

Odessa Lake

6/28

2

4.1

10,020

540

Yes

031

Sourdough

7/7

1

2.5

10,600

1,120

Yes

032

Cub Creek 5/13

1

2.2

8,600

520

No

033

Mill Creek Basin

5/18

1

1.8

9,000

600

Yes

034

Upper Mill Creek

5/22

1

1.7

9,200

800

Yes

035

Wind River Bluff

5/15

1

1

8,800

480

Yes

036

Over the Hill

5/17

1

1.3

8,870

550

Yes

037

Upper Wind River

5/14

1

1.6

8,940

620

Yes

038

Boulder Brook

6/17

2

3.9

10,200

960

Yes

038

Boulder Brook Group

6/17

1

3.9

10,200

960

Yes

039

Glacier Gorge

6/19

1

3.8

10,000

760

RES2

040

Andrews Creek

7/2

1

3.6

10,560

1,320

RES2


RES2: We strongly encourage campers at this site to carry out human waste in a specially provided biodegradable disposable bag.
 

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Longs Peak Area(Longs Peak Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Longs Peak Trailhead

9,405

041

Moore Park

5/28

2

1.7

9,760

360

Yes

042

Goblins Forest

6/7

6

1.2

10,120

720

Yes

043

Battle Mountain Group

6/18

1

2.8

11,000

1,600

Yes

044

Boulderfield

6/19

9

6

12,760

3,360

Yes



 

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Wild Basin Area(Wild Basin Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Wild Basin Trailhead
Sandbeach Lake Trailhead

8,500

8,310

045

Hole-in-the-Wall

5/31

1

1.9

9,240

930

No

046

Campers Creek

6/5

1

2.3

9,600

1,290

No

047

Beaver Mill

6/2

1

3

9,640

1,330

No

048

Hunters Creek

6/14

1

3.3

9,760

1,450

No

049

Sandbeach Lake

6/18

4

4.2

10,280

1,970

Yes

049

Sandbeach Lake Group

6/18

1

4.2

10,280

1,970

Yes

050

Pine Ridge

5/21

2

1.4

8,880

380

Yes

051

Tahosa

5/24

1

1.7

9,040

540

No

052

Aspen Knoll

5/26

1

2.3

9,400

900

No

053

Siskin

6/1

1

3.7

9,600

1,100

No

054

North St. Vrain

6/1

2

3.5

9,560

1,060

Yes

055

Thunder Lake

7/5

4

6.8

10,570

2,070

Yes

055

Thunder Lake Group

7/5

1

6.8

10,570

2,070

Yes

056

Ouzel Lake

6/16

1

4.9

10,020

1,520

Yes

057

Upper Ouzel Creek

7/6

1

5.6

10,600

2,100

No

058

Finch Lake

6/11

2

4.6

9,910

1,440

Yes

058

Finch Lake Group

6/11

1

4.6

9,910

1,440

Yes

059

Pear Creek

6/28

3

6.4

10,550

2,080

Yes

060

Pear Lake

7/12

1

6.6

10,580

2,110

No



 

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East Inlet Area (East Inlet Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

East Inlet Trailhead

8,390

061

East Meadow

5/22

1

1.5

8,550

160

No

062 Lower East Inlet 5/23 1 2.3 8,640 250

No

063

Cat's Lair

5/31

1

4

9,200

810

No

064

Gray Jay Group

6/11

1

4.9

9,650

1,260

Yes

065

Slickrock

6/22

1

6

10,000

1,610

No

066

Solitaire

6/28

1

6.2

10,120

1,730

No

067

Upper East Inlet

7/4

1

6.6

10,200

1,810

No

068

Lake Verna

7/9

1

6.9

10,280

1,890

No



 

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North Inlet Area(North Inlet Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

North Inlet Trailhead

8,540

069

Summerland Park

5/19

1

1.7

8,620

80

No

069

Summerland Park Group

5/19

1

1.5

8,600

60

No

070

Twinberry

5/25

1

3

8,680

140

No

071

Cascade Falls

CLOSED

072

Big Pool

6/10

2

5

9,160

620

No

073

Grouseberry

6/12

1

6.2

9,250

710

No

074

North Inlet Group*

6/19

1

6.5

9,290

750

Yes

075

Foot Bridge

CLOSED

076

Ptarmigan

6/14

1

6.7

9,360

820

No

077

Porcupine*

6/25

2

6.8

9,360

820

No

078

North Inlet Junction

6/11

2

7.5

9,600

1,060

Yes

079

North Inlet Falls

6/26

1

7.6

9,540

1,000

No

080

Pine Marten

7/6

2

7.8

9,560

1,020

No

081

July

7/14

3

9.7

10,760

2,220

Yes

081

July Group

7/14

1

9.7

10,760

2,220

Yes



 

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Tonahutu Area(Tonahutu Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Tonahutu Trailhead
Green Mountain Trailhead

8,540

8,800

082

Green Mountain (Lodgepole is CLOSED)

6/13

1

1.8

9,550

750

No

083

Paint Brush

6/13

1

2.3

9,400

600

No

084

South Meadows

6/13

1

2

9,450

650

No

085

Big Meadows Group

6/13

1

1.9

9,400

600

Yes

086

Sunset

6/15

1

3

9,550

750

No

087

Sunrise

6/11

1

3.5

9,600

800

No

088

Lower Granite Falls

6/23

2

5.1

9,760

960

No

089

Granite Falls

6/18

2

5.4

9,840

1,040

No

090

Tonahutu Meadows

7/3

2

6.2

10,050

1,250

No

091

Tonahutu Group*

7/5

1

6.6

10,160

1,360

Yes

092

Renegade

7/19

1

7.3

10,500

1,700

No

093

Haynach

7/7

2

7.2

10,760

1,960

No

094

Timberline Group

7/9

1

7.4

10,570

1,770

Yes

095

Onahu Creek

6/13

1

2.4

9,480

660

No

096

Upper Onahu

6/13

1

2.8

9,600

780

No

097

Onahu Bridge

6/17

1

2.9

9,650

830

No

 

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Timber Lake Area(Never Summer Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Timber Lake Trailhead

9,010

098

Timber Creek

6/27

2

3

10,400

1,390

No

099

Jackstraw

7/3

2

4

10,760

1,750

Yes

100

Rockslide

7/6

1

4.5

10,960

1,950

No

101

Snowbird

7/6

2

4.6

11,010

2,000

No

 

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Never Summer Area(Never Summer Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Colorado River Trailhead

9,000

102

Valley View

6/22

1

3.2

10,260

1,260

No

104

Opposition Creek CLOSED

105

Red Gulch Group

CLOSED

106

Hitchens Gulch-Dispersed Camping Zone

7/7

1

5.8

10,480

1,480

No

107

Dutch Town

CLOSED

108

Stage Road

CLOSED

109

Ditch Camp

6/26

1

4.6

10,160

1,160

Yes

109

Ditch Camp Group

6/26

1

4.6

10,160

1,160

Yes

110

Skeleton Gulch

7/8

1

6.2

10,600

1,600

No

111

Box Canyon

112

La Poudre Pass

6/24

1

6.7

10,200

1,200

No

 

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Hague Creek Area(Hague Creek Area Map)

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Corral Creek Trailhead

10,000

113

Cache-Dispersed Camping Zone

7/11

1

5.6

10,150

-600

No

114

Chapin Creek Group

7/8

1

6.1

10,240

-510

Yes

115

Hague Creek

7/4

1

1.6

9,720

-280

Yes

115

Hague Creek Group

7/4

1

1.6

9,720

-280

Yes

116

Desolation CLOSED

117

Flatiron-Dispersed Camping Zone

7/4

1

2.9

9,860

-140

No

118

Mummy Pass Creek*

7/10

1

4.6

10,640

640

No

119

Koenig

CLOSED

120

Mirror Lake

7/13

3

6

11,000

1,000

No


 

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Sprague Lake Accessible Campsite

Site Code

Site Name

20 Year Average Snow Free Date

Number of Sites

Distance from Trailhead in Miles

Site Elevation in Feet

Elevation Gain in Feet

Privy

Sprague Lake Picnic Ground

8,710

A1

Sprague Lake Camp*

6/1

1

0.5

8,730

20

Yes

 
* identifies campsites where wood fires are allowed in metal grates; all other campsites allow camp stoves only.

Did You Know?

a photo of a coyote

Kawuneeche Valley is on the west side of the Continental Divide and channels water into the Colorado River. Kawuneeche means Coyote in Arapaho.