Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

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Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest (Wyoming Travel and Tourism)

Recreational Activities

Camping - There are many developed campgrounds throughout the forest. Camping can generally be enjoyed from June through September. Regulations permit camping in developed campgrounds for a maximum of 14 consecutive days. Advance reservations may be made for certain sites in specific campgrounds. Most campgrounds will have sites available on a first-come, first-served basis, as well. For campground reservations, call MISTIX at 800-283-2267.
Dispersed Camping - Camping outside of a campground is allowed on many areas of the forest and on the grassland. Regulations permit camping in dispersed areas for a maximum of 21 days. Camping or campfires are not permitted outside developed campgrounds or picnic areas within 500 feet of the Snowy Range Scenic Byway between the Forest boundary at Centennial and road #103—Cascade North Twin Road (Sec. 27, T16N, R80W).

Picnicking - The forest has several developed, day-use picnic grounds with no fee. No overnight camping is allowed.

Four of the group picnic sites on the forest require reservations and a fee. Reservations for Evans Creek may be made by calling the Laramie Ranger District. Reservations for Ryan Park may be made by calling the Brush Creek Ranger District. Reservations for Bottle Creek may be made by calling the Hayden Ranger District. Reservations for Hidden Valley may be made by calling MISTIX at 800-283-2267.
Hiking - The forest is ideal for short hiking trips. Trails vary as to length, degree of difficulty, and amount of use. Extensive areas of remote backcountry do not exist for more lengthy trips, however, the wilderness areas are adequate for a trip of four to seven days. Most hiking is done in summer and early fall.

4-Wheel Drive and Off-Highway Vehicles - The forest offices a variety of primitive roads for the 4-wheel-drive enthusiast. Most are quite rough, and few are maintained. The Travel Management Map for On and Off-Motorized Travel outlines the 4-wheel-drive opportunities and restrictions on the forest. If you drive an OHV on any public road, including Forest Service roads, it must meet motorcycle standards.

Horseback Riding - The forest offices many trails suitable for horseback riding. Horses are allowed on the hiking trails unless a trail is designated for foot travel only. Horses are not allowed in campgrounds but may be kept adjacent to them. There are several dude ranches and outfitters in the area that rent horses for trail rides and pack trips.

Fishing - Secluded mountain lakes and streams await fishermen. Many different species of trout are present and provide diversified opportunities for fishing. Please consult Wyoming Game and Fish regulations carefully before going fishing. Call 307-745-4046 for information.

Hunting - The forest contains a variety of game ranges and habitats. There are six types of big game hunted on the forest. These are elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn (antelope), bighorn sheep, and black bear. Several small game species and game birds are also hunted. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department manages the populations of game and non-game wildlife in the state. Please consult regulations before hunting. Call 307-745-4046 for hunting information.

Boating - Boating is limited to non-motorized watercraft on the lakes with the exceptions of Rob Roy and Hog Park Reservoirs, Lake Owen, and Sand Lake. Motor-powered watercraft in excess of 10 horsepower are prohibited on Turpin Reservoir. None of the rivers or streams are suitable for boating. Call 307-777-4597 for information on boat licensing regulations.

Rafting - For information on rafting on the North Platte River, please contact the North Park Ranger District, P.O. Box 158, Walden, CO 80480; 303-723-8204.

Rock Climbing - Vedauwoo and LaBonte Canyon are popular areas for rock climbing. There are no mountaineering opportunities on the forest.

Photography - Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, wildlife, colorful foliage, rushing streams and rivers, and rugged mountaintops offer the photographer an infinite number of subjects.

Cross-Country Skiing - There are many miles of cross-country ski trails on the forest. Most trails are groomed throughout the winter; however, you may still find miles of untracked snow on which to ski.

Downhill Skiing - A downhill ski area is located on leased forest land and offers a convenient, inexpensive opportunity for alpine skiing. Call 800-GO-2-SNOW for information on the downhill ski area.

Snowmobiling - Many miles of excellent trails offering breathtaking scenery and a refreshing winter experience to the snowmobiler.

Ice Fishing - During the winter months, ice fishing is a popular sport in the area.

Around the Forest
The forest also administers the Thunder Basin National Grassland in Wyoming. Near Thunder Basin, you can visit the 800-foot rock column at Devils Tower National Monument. Nearby towns of the Routt include Steamboat Springs, Craig, Yampa, Kremmling, Walden, and Granby. Medicine Bow is near Laramie, Douglas, and Saratoga.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 11 Oct 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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