Update to Camping on the Carson National Forest
Friday, June 26, 2020 most overnight facilities on the Carson National Forest (NF) will be open. Most campgrounds have full amenities provided. However, we are handling some areas to self-contained camping only. Self-contained camping means you need to pack out everything, including human waste.
If a customer chooses to camp in the Carson NF at a campground identified as self-contained, they will need to literally and figuratively pack out everything they pack in, to include human waste, all trash bags full of trash, all dog/animal waste, and anything that did not originate in the Forest will need to be taken back out of the Forest.
If your RV or travel trailer does not have a bathroom, that’s okay, there are many new products to help you handle your human waste cleanly and safely. This link does not imply endorsement by the Forest Service of any one product, this link is provided as a courtesy only: https://www.bing.com/search?q=wag+bags+toilet+system&FORM=R5FD3
Dispersed camping opportunities outside of developed sites are available provided you follow Leave No Trace practices: https://www.fs.fed.us/lei/no-trace-ethics.php. This includes but is not limited to packing out trash (including any trash bags, please do not leave your trash bags at locked trash cans), camping at least 200 feet from water sources and digging cat holes for human waste at least 6-8 inches deep: https://www.nps.gov/articles/leave-no-trace-seven-principles.htm
Dispersed camping is one of the best things about our National Forests, but if you are dispersed camping, please ensure that you’re on roads that are open to motor vehicle use and that you park in areas that are clear of vegetation brush. Parking in cleared out areas that are clearly for parking helps prevent wildfires from sparks.
Stage II fire restrictions remain in place: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/carson/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD725305. Campfires are not allowed anywhere on the forest. Fireworks are never allowed on Forest Service lands. Do not use campfires or fireworks.
We recognize that the National Forest System is a place that offers relief and refuge during this unprecedented time. Forest Service employees welcome you and we consider the Forest Land Systems to be “all yours.” That said, please help us remove trash, keep it clean and stay on the designated motorized roads. Please help us keep our campgrounds open and our land healthy and have a happy 4th of July!
Please check Rec.Gov for any changes before you travel!
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