Current Fire Information & Regulations

Fire Ban

All fires are banned in Rocky Mountain National Park until further notice.

Due to the continued extreme fire danger, extended weather forecast, and current level of fire activity in the state of Colorado, park officials have announced a ban on all fires within Rocky Mountain National Park. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

Campfires, including charcoal briquette fires, are not permitted anywhere within the park. However, petroleum fueled stoves and grills will still be permitted in developed campgrounds, picnic areas, and in designated wilderness campsites. Stoves must be able to be turned on and off. Smoking is also prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, or stopped within a developed paved area devoid of vegetation for at least three feet. Visitors are reminded to properly extinguish all lighted smoking materials and dispose of properly. Fireworks are always prohibited within the park.

It is the responsibility of each person to know and obey the existing regulations about fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are always fire restrictions in the park.

 
A map detailing closed area of the park due to fire. A list is provided to the left.
An updated map detailing closed area of the park due to fire. See detailed list on the left.

Closures due to the Cameron Peak Fire

The Cameron Peak Fire moved into Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday, September 6, and has encompassed approximately 7,050 acres in the Cascade Creek, Hague Creek and Mummy Pass Creek drainages in steep thick beetle killed forests with significant standing dead trees as well as dead and down fuels.

Old Fall River Road will remain closed to all uses until further notice.

Included in this closure is:

  • Old Fall River Road
  • Chapin Pass Trail
  • North Fork Trail
  • North Boundary Trail
  • Stormy Peaks Trail
  • Mummy Pass Trail
  • Commanche Peak Trail
  • Mirror Lake Trail
  • Poudre River Trail
  • Crater Trail
  • Colorado River Trail
  • Red Mountain Trail
  • Grand Ditch Access
  • Skeleton Gulch Trail
  • Thunder Pass Trail
  • Little Yellowstone Trail
  • Holzwarth Historic Site access beyond the historic site

Closed cross country travel zones include:

  • Cascade Creek
  • Cache La Poudre
  • South Cache La Poudre
  • Hague Creek
  • Mosquito Creek

Numerous wilderness campsites are also included in this closure area.

 
Moraine Park before and after the Fern Lake Fire
These before-and-after photos reveal the impacts of the Fern Lake Fire on Moraine Park. This large fire began in November, 2012 and was set by an illegal campfire.

NPS Photo

These rules are always in effect:

  • Fires, including grills and charcoal briquettes, are only allowed in designated areas and sites where a metal fire ring or grate is provided. These areas include developed campgrounds, some picnic areas, and some designated wilderness campsites. Campfires and grills are not allowed anywhere else in the park.
  • Petroleum-fueled stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. A permit is required to use a petroleum-fueled stove in designated wilderness sites.
  • The park may enforce stricter fire regulations, including fire bans.

Fire safety tips:

  • To report a fire in the park, call 9-1-1.

  • Never leave a fire unattended. Before leaving or going to sleep, completely extinguish your fire by dousing it with water and stirring the ashes until there is no more heat, smoke, or embers.

  • Be careful with equipment such as stoves, lanterns, heaters, and grills. Avoid spilling flammable substances, store fuel away from appliances, and allow equipment to cool.

  • Discard cigarettes and matches properly. Completely extinguish and dispose of smoking materials in a cigarette receptacle or carry them out of the park with you.

 

Check out the National Weather Service’s Rocky Mountain National Park weather decision support page to learn more about current weather conditions, including fire weather.

For further information regarding fire conditions, regulations, recent and ongoing fires in the park, please contact the Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

Last updated: September 23, 2020

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517

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