Routt National Forest, Colorado

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Routt National Forest

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest is an archipelago of the Rocky Mountain forests that stretches from Medicine Bow in Wyoming to Routt in Colorado.

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  • In Routt National Forest, there are 2 developed ski areas and eight mountain lakes with developed boating facilities.
  • The Cold Spring Campgrounds, a 16-mile drive southwest of Yampa, Colo. along CR 7, offer access to 110 alpine lakes and ponds.
  • Trailheads surrounding by the Flat Tops Wilderness include the North Derby Trail, Bear River Trail, East Fork Trail and the Devils Causeway.


The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest provides travelers with both picturesque views of cathedral-like cirques, high peaks and abundance of natural wildlife.


The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests straddle the Wyoming-Colorado border. Extending from north central Colorado to central Wyoming, the forest encompasses portions of various mountain ranges and provides recreation opportunities for residents and travelers.

Routt National Forest
2468 Jackson Street, Laramie, WY 82070


Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest is open year round. However, access may be prohibited in areas due to hazardous weather/driving conditions.


The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offers an abundance of activities despite the season.

In the winter season, hunting and other winter recreational sports are extremely popular. Because the national forest is located away from large pockets of population, fall hunting seasons experience the overall heaviest usage of the wilderness area. Additionally, skiing, mountaineering and snowmobiling are other favored activities.

In the summer season, camping, hiking and biking are go-to activities of many travelers. For example, the Bear Lake campground offers seasonal access to 43 campsites near the Flat Tops Wilderness. Fishing is also a favored activity as mountains carved by glaciers have created hundreds of small, high-mountain fishing lakes in the area.

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The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offers access to 10 designated wilderness areas.