There are a wide range of wilderness camping experiences available in Rocky. Those new to wilderness travel have ample opportunity to break their boots in slowly, while those with many miles under their belt can find new areas that test their mettle.
You may make Wilderness Campsite Reservation Requests online or in person beginning March 1st at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time for a permit for the current calendar year. Phone, mail, email and fax reservations are not accepted. The following 4 links will help you plan and request your trip
Wilderness Campsite Map (PDF 600kb)
Overnight travel in the wilderness requires a permit. Permits and information are available at two Wilderness Offices within Rocky Mountain National Park. Please contact the Wilderness Office for updated information on the status of Wilderness campsites.
On the east side of the park, the Wilderness Office is adjacent to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
On the west side of the park, the Wilderness Office is located inside the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
Wilderness Offices are open seven days a week, seasonal hours vary. Phone: 970-586-1242
It is your responsibility to know and follow all wilderness rules and regulations. Please read the Wilderness Camping Guide through in its entirety and browse other sections of the wilderness camping section that fits your needs.
Wilderness Food Storage
Between May 1 and October 31, all food items and garbage must be secured inside a commercially-made carry in/carry out bear-resistant food storage container.
This is required for park wilderness areas below tree line and in the Boulder Field of Longs Peak, due to recurring wildlife incidents. Other methods of food storage are not permitted in the wilderness during this period.