Box Canyon Backcountry Campsite lies in a remote valley in the far northwest corner of Rocky Mountain National Park below 12,951-foot Mount Richthofen. The single site, located at 10,480 feet, sits among trees by Box Canyon Creek on the edge of a wide meadow. The Stage Road, an old mining track, passed through here in the 1880s, connecting the towns of Lulu City and Teller City. The remote campsite is reached by hiking 5.5 miles on Colorado River Trail and Thunder Pass Trail from the Colorado River Trailhead on U.S. 34. The hike, gaining 1,480 feet of elevation, takes four to six hours. No privy is at the campsite so bring wag bags for human waste. Find water from the nearby creek. Treat or boil all water before use. The campsite is snow-free by early July.
Recommended season(s): July to September.
—Stewart M. Green