Firewood Collection Permits Available By Lottery For 2018 Season

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Date: November 8, 2017
Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer, (970) 586-1363
Contact: General Park Information, (970) 586-1206

Permits are available by lottery to collect previously cut wood generated from hazard tree removals and wildland fuels reduction within Rocky Mountain National Park. Permits are limited to up to two cords to be collected on three consecutive days by a scheduled appointment. Over 75 permits are anticipated to be issued throughout the next year when wood is available. A $30 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged for the permit. Passage beyond the entrance stations is included in the permit fee for firewood gathering purposes only. Appointments for gathering will be scheduled throughout the next year (no more than three weeks in advance) at times when roads, weather, park personnel and other park activities are available and favorable for gathering. Permit holders have no guarantee to the type, quality, length, or diameter of the wood. Wood transported over the top of Trail Ridge Road is not allowed.

The primary firewood collection sites are near Moraine Park (four wheel drive not required). Most of the wood will require the use of a chainsaw as it has not been cut in manageable lengths. Trailers and vehicles with more than two axles will not be permitted.

To sign up for the lottery for a firewood permit (one entry per person and per physical address) please email the following information to beginning Friday, November 10 through December 8, 2017.

  1. In the subject line of your email: provide your Last Name, then your First Name. Example: Smith, John
  2. In the body of your email: Your Name, Physical Address and Phone Number.
  3. Wait for the park to contact you with further instructions.

A lottery will be conducted from the email entries. Firewood lottery winners will be contacted in the order they are selected over the duration of the next year. The list of wood lottery winners will be exhausted before conducting another lottery. Winners will be contacted by park staff to set up an appointment to obtain the required permit, receive a vehicle and gear inspection, get an orientation to the wood gathering area, and gather the wood. Winners who don’t respond within 14 days of being contacted by the park will be removed from consideration.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit or call the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.

Last updated: November 13, 2017

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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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