Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Hiker on the Longs Peak trail

Hiker on the Longs Peak Trail

There will be temporary closures in some backcountry campsites. Please contact the backcountry office at (970) 586-1242 for updated information on the status of backcountry campsites.There are two Backcountry Offices within Rocky Mountain National Park. Permits and information are available at both offices. Phone 970-586-1242, seven days a week 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On the east side of the park the Backcountry Office is located next to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

On the west side of the park the Backcountry Office is located in the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.

The online Backcountry Camping Guide (www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/wilderness-camping.htm) contains information on how to plan a trip, obtain a backcountry/wilderness permit, use the trails, set up camp, hike in a cross-country area, and care for the backcountry/wilderness. It also details the range of opportunities for camping in the backcountry/wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park: designated sites (individual and group), stock sites, cross-country areas, bivouac areas (for technical climbers only) and winter areas.

It is your responsibility to know and follow all backcountry rules and regulations. Please read the Guide through in its entirety and browse other sections of the Backcountry Camping section that fit your needs.

We also recommend that you visit these topics in the Planning Your Visit section of the park site: High Country Hazards, Weather and Climate, >Leave No Trace, and Fishing. Please call (970) 586-1206 for general information about the park.

You may use your credit card to order any of the following publications by phoning the Rocky Mountain Nature Association at 800-816-7662 or visiting its web site, www.RMNA.org.

  • Trails Illustrated Topographic Map of Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Hiking Rocky Mountain National, Dannen.

There are many other excellent sources on backcountry/wilderness hiking and camping. Take the time to learn Leave No Trace principles, how to backpack safely, and to how to care for the environment.

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