Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest

Quick Facts

Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest


(307) 745-2300


Things To Do


The Medicine Bow - Routt National Forests encompasses nearly 3 million-acres from the north and eastern borders of Wyoming, south to the I-70 corridor that traverses northcentral Colorado. From mountain ranges to grasslands and crystal clear streams, the national forests and national grassland provide abundant and unique opportunities for visitors.

The national forests encompass portions of many mountain ranges, including Gore Range, Flat Tops, Parks Range, Elkhead, Medicine Bow Mountains, Sierra Madre, and Laramie Range. The national forests provide year-round recreation opportunities for thousands of people. They also provide wildlife habitat, timber, and forage for livestock and are a vital source of water for irrigation, domestic use, and industry.


  • Bicycling

    Cycling is a great way to travel through National Forest System lands. There are many, many miles of trails and roads accessible by mountain bike on the Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest. These remote, winding roads are ideal for cycling and trails take riders on an exploratory journey.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    OHV riding is available, with proper permits.

  • Camping

    There are a variety of camping opportunities on the national forests and national grassland. From cabin rentals to developed campgrounds to dispersed camping, opportunities abound. While electric, sewer, water hook-ups and showers are not available, most campgrounds have potable water, picnic tables, fire rings and vault toilets.

    Cabin rentals, dispersed camping, campground camping, group camping, and RV camping are all options.

  • Fishing

    Ice fishing, lake, pond, stream, and river fishing are all options. Depending on your location, rules and regulations vary. Visit Colorado or Wyoming sites for details.

  • Hiking

    Whether day hiking or backpacking, you'll find many opportunities on the Medicine Bow - Routte National Forest.

  • Historic Sites

    Historical touring is possible, but many historical buildings and locations are located on private land. Check with the park for details.

  • Horseback Riding

    The national forests national and grassland offer many trails suitable for horseback riding. Horses are allowed on hiking trails unless a trail is designated for foot travel only. There are several dude ranches and outfitters in the area that rent horses for trail rides and pack trips. Horses are not allowed in developed campgrounds but may be kept adjacent to them in Wyoming, and in a couple select campgrounds in Colorado. Only certified weed-free hay or processed feed may be brought onto National Forest System lands. Only processed feed may be used in wilderness areas. Tree-saver straps for picket lines and portable corrals are recommended.

  • Hunting

    Many people hunt the Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest for everything from turkey to moose. While the Forest Service does not sell hunting licenses, a license is required to hunt in both Colorado and Wyoming. The state game departments and local retailers sell licenses.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice fishing and skiing are popular, as well as snowmobiling and snowshoeing. XC skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports are also possible.


Open year-round. Contact park for seasonal or weather-related closings.

Phone Numbers


(307) 745-2300

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777