Current Fire Information & Regulations

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.
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 30, 2019

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


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Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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