Routt National Forest

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About Routt National Forest

Make sure that camera of yours is charged, because you’re gonna need it. Routt National Forest is a scenic powerhouse that covers areas of northwestern Colorado, including the well-known Steamboat Ski Resort (champagne powder, anyone?). There’s a whole lotta space to explore (1,125,438 acres to be exact) on foot, via mountain bike, on horseback, or whatever else floats your boat (there’s tons of places for boating and fishing, too!). Many outdoor enthusiasts consider these parts of Colorado to be the prettiest in the entire state, and there’s clearly no shortage of fun ways to play outside. The Continental Divide splits the forest right on half, so no matter where you go, your eyes will be assaulted by the scenery.

Campgrounds in Routt

Hahns Peak Lake Campground

1. Hahns Peak Lake Campground

Good vibes only at Hahns Peak Lake Campground. Resting on the shore of the 160-acre Hahns Peak Lake, this camp has the ticket to your elation...

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Dumont Lake Campground

2. Dumont Lake Campground

Go on, put your feet up. Bask in the dazzling fragrance of the wildflower fields that surround you. Shut your eyes. This is not a dream. Ok, maybe...

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G: Beautiful campground with wild flower filled meadows. Some sites have trees, others are quite plain. Numerous trails leave the...
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Summit Lake Campground

3. Summit Lake Campground

Located in the backpacking-savvy backdrop of Buffalo Pass, Summit Lake Campground is a gravitational pull for any outdoor enthusiasts. Here, you’ll...

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Bear Lake Campground

4. Bear Lake Campground

Located in the biotic beauty of the enveloping Flat Top Wilderness, Bear Lake Campground is teeming with hiking and biking trails. Oh, and did we...

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Meadows Campground

5. Meadows Campground

“Pull-through, back-it-up, walk-on-in,” Meadows Campground boast a plethora of various types of campsites, all nestled within the evergreens of...

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Granite Campground

6. Granite Campground

Sitting on the shores of Fish Creek Reservoir at nearly 10,000 feet of elevation, Granite Campground is a small site with modest amenities. It...

Chapman Reservoir Campground

7. Chapman Reservoir Campground

A skipping stone from the Chapman Reservoir, Chapman Reservoir Campground is inundated with fantastic fishing provided by the reservoir itself―but...

Teal Lake Campground

8. Teal Lake Campground

Teal Lake Campground is bathed in aqua blue hues and sunkissed shorelines. Aside from the plethora of boating activities, you’ll be able to immerse...

Lynx Pass Campground

9. Lynx Pass Campground

Hidden behind the areas towering pine’s, Lynx Pass Campground is brimming with fantastic hiking trails. The campground is a park favorite―and...

Hinman Park Campground

10. Hinman Park Campground

A skipping stone from Elk Creek, Hinman Park Campground is a mecca for trout fishing. However, just make sure to keep your angling odyssey to a...

Pines Campground

11. Pines Campground

25 miles southeast of the tiny toen of Walden is a place called Pines Campground. Perfect for forming the memories that you will one day channel...

Freeman Reservoir Campground

12. Freeman Reservoir Campground

Lets get crunchy at the Freeman Reservoir Campground! Quiet and unassuming, Freeman’s campsites offer all the basics as well as access to several...

Megan
Megan: Don't use a GPS. Take Hwy 13 to County Road 11. 73 and 40 are both dead-ends onto private land.
Seedhouse Guard Station

13. Seedhouse Guard Station

Looking for a cabin in the woods (that’s not out of a horror movie)? Stay at Seedhouse Guard Station, near the Mount Zirkle Wilderness. This cozy...

Seedhouse Campground

14. Seedhouse Campground

“Lions, tiger, and bears. Oh my!” Well, maybe just the bears. Seedhouse Campground is located within the bear country of Mount Zirkel's dynamic...

Aimee
Aimee: Seedhouse has a great location!The campground is located just outside Mt. Zirkel Wildnerness area, and only miles away from...
Seedhouse Group Sites

15. Seedhouse Group Sites

The best thing about camping at Seedhouse Group Campground with all your best buds? If you get sick of them, there’s plenty else to do nearby!...

Grizzly Creek Guard Station

16. Grizzly Creek Guard Station

Providing all the necessities, Grizzly Creek Guard Station lets you rough it in the wild without getting too far out of your comfort zone. Sitting...

Teal Lake Group Campsite

17. Teal Lake Group Campsite

Located in the scenic shore side of Teal Lake, Teal Lake Campground is popular destination for anglers and outdoor-savvy. But, make sure to be wary...

Big Creek Lakes Campground

18. Big Creek Lakes Campground

Right at the edge of Big Creek Lake, this Campground is every fisherman’s dream. Trout, muskie, grayling, salmon…they’re all here! Rent a boat on...

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Hipcamper Aimee

Seedhouse has a great location!The campground is located just outside Mt. Zirkel Wildnerness area, and only miles away from Hahn's peak! Unfortunately, due to the beetle infestation and storm, much of the landscape was effected. The campsites do not offer much privacy because of the lack of trees. The area is currently being restored. Site #'s 4, 21-24 offer the most tree coverage. We enjoyed our weekend!

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Hipcamper Megan

Don't use a GPS. Take Hwy 13 to County Road 11. 73 and 40 are both dead-ends onto private land.

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Hipcamper G

Beautiful campground with wild flower filled meadows. Some sites have trees, others are quite plain. Numerous trails leave the campground with one moderate hike going to the top of Rabbit Ears peak. Overall, an enjoyable campground offering well spaced sites.

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History of Routt National Forest

The forest is named after John Routt, the first Governor of Colorado. It was established in 1905 by President Theodore Roosevelt.