All roadside vehicle and tent campers are required to camp ONLY in designated sites. Accessibility is not guaranteed. Please use caution when venturing down forest roads.
Sites are designated by the presence of a 6in X 6in wooden post with a site number and camping symbol along with a permanent metal fire ring. All sites are first come first serve, if a site is occupied please look for another site.
Fires are only permitted in the established metal fire rings. Extinguish all fires so they are cold to the touch.
Sites are limited to two vehicles only per site.
Finding a site to camp and enjoy dispersed recreation activities in remote areas or in relative solitude has
become a popular form of camping throughout the Forest. At some more popular areas,toilet facilities may be
provided. Contact the local Forest Service office for current information and refer to the Motor Vehicle Use
Map (MVUM) for each forest (Grand Mesa, Gunnison, and Uncompahgre National Forests). Dispersed
camping is permitted in most areas of the Forest. Some caution should be used in selecting a site because of
intermingled private lands within the National Forest. Recreation maps are available at all local Forest Service
offices. Personnel at each office can answer questions on specific sites. Unlike developed campgrounds which
are designed and maintained to protect the vegetation, soils, and natural setting, camping in undeveloped areas
require more from the camper to help keep the site in the condition in which it was found. Dispersed camping
must not occur within 100 feet of water sources (rivers, streams, ponds, or wetlands) or within 100 feet of any
road or system trail. In some areas, dispersed camping is restricted to specific sites, contact the local Forest
Service office for current information. Campsites can be occupied for no more than 14 days, then the site must
be moved at least 3 miles away. Camping is also limited to a total of 28 days in a 60 day period.
In areas closed to the use of vehicles off forest roads, where developed parking sites are not
provided, and where not otherwise prohibited, direct access to a suitable parking site within 300 feet of the
road is permitted. Such travel must not damage the land or streams. Please select your route carefully, and do
not cut live timber. Off road travel should be limited to when the ground is dry. The public is encouraged to
camp in locations where others have previously camped and utilized existing routes to those camp areas.
Campers are required to leave a clean camp, not to damage vegetation or pollute streams and lakes on the
National Forest and implement “Leave No Trace” practices.