Located in northwestern Colorado, Routt National Forest covers a massive 1,125,438-acre area and contains within its boundaries numerous mountain ranges. The Park Range, Laramie Range, Flat Tops, Sierra Madre, Medicine Bow Mountains, and Gore Range are some of the fascinating mountains offering hiking, climbing, and biking opportunities to locals and tourists in the area. But the expansive forest offers more just entertainment; it’s the habitat for wildlife, provides timber, natural resources, and water to the local communities, and also is a place of forage for the livestock. All in all, it’s one of the best attractions in the region to get close to nature and enjoy all its natural beauty.
All Year-Round Activity
Routt National Forest is more than just trees and wildlife. The forest is the setting for seven wilderness areas, including the Sarvis Creek Wilderness and Mount Zirkel Wilderness at which visitors get to enjoy all sorts of activities depending on the season, from hunting and fishing to hiking, horseback riding, biking, sightseeing, photography, and all the winter sports that this part of Colorado is famous for. If you plan on camping you should check with the Forest Service to find out about any regulations concerning camping restrictions. It’s also a good idea to get updated information about the condition of the roads and trails before venturing out.
Because of the large area it covers, the forest also features some varying topography and different degrees of elevation. You can find anything between 5,000 and 12,900 feet of elevation offering a great opportunity for hikers, bikers and nature lovers to explore. The weather too changes depending on what elevation you’re at. Low elevations are mostly dry, but it gets colder and wetter the higher you go. So even in the middle of summer, you might get frost and snow at 12,000 feet high. In other words, you should layer up if you plan to explore the top of one of the mountain ranges.
Fishing in the Routt National Forest Grassland
Another attraction for visitors is the Thunder Basin National Grassland in the Powder River Basin. It has a moderate elevation that doesn’t exceed 5,200 feet high with good, semi-arid weather. You can go camping, hiking, fishing and boating in the Grassland ranges. You can also watch the abundant wildlife there. Something else to watch for is the complex system of private, state, and federal land. So make sure you don’t camp in someone’s backyard!
For nature lovers and tourists looking to enjoy an adventure in nature, Routt National Forest does not disappoint. Call us to find out more about Steamboat Springs things to do to find new ways to enjoy your Steamboat Springs vacations when you book with us!