Planning for Summer 2024 Wilderness Overnight Backpacking Trips?
Rocky Mountain National Park boasts various opportunities for wilderness overnight backpackers to get their boots on the trail. Highlighted below are helpful tips for backpacking beginners to the most advanced mountainous trekkers.
All wilderness permits MUST be picked up in person during regular business hours by the permit holder at one of two Wilderness Office locations listed below:
➡️ Overnight wilderness backpackers are REQUIRED to secure all food items, scented items, and garbage inside a hard sided commercially made carry in/carry out bear-resistant food storage canister. This is required for RMNP wilderness areas due to recurring wildlife incidents.
Now That You've Reviewed the Regulations and Explored the Map, It's Time to Get Ready to Make a Wilderness Overnight Backpacking Reservation!
Reservations for All Summer Wilderness Overnight Backpacking Permits will Open on March 1, 2024 at 8 a.m. MST.
2) You must be logged into your Recreation.gov account prior to attempting to make a reservation for a wilderness overnight backpacking trip.
3) Before March 1, take time to meet with your group and plan out 3-4 different trip itineraries. This includes choosing alternate dates AND campsites. Rocky is a very popular national park and wilderness overnight backpacking is an activity in high demand.
4) Select your desired dates, enter the number of people in your group, and build your trip itinerary by selecting a Starting Area.
5) Once you are ready to book, click "Book Now." The inventory you've selected is now held and you have 15 minutes to complete the remaining order details and pay for the reservation.
Wilderness Office Hours
Winter Wilderness Overnight Backpacking Permits
Wilderness permits are required to camp in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park year-round.
Anyone interested in winter overnight backcountry trips are required to pick up a physical paper wilderness overnight backpacking permit IN PERSON from one of RMNP's Wilderness Offices.
There are temporary trail and campsite closures in place due to the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires of 2020. Park visitors should be aware of additional hazards when recreating in burn areas including:
To help you plan for your upcoming trip and/or future trips, it is recommended to check out the following resources to help you have a successful and fun wilderness experience.
Last updated: February 9, 2024