Hague Creek Backcountry Campsite lies near the Cache la Poudre River near Rocky Mountain National Park’s northwestern boundary. The quiet area sits in meadows and conifer forest at 9,720 feet near the confluence of the river and Hague Creek. Look for moose in the wetlands along the river. The site is easily accessed by hiking 1.6 miles from the Corral Creek Trailhead outside the park via Corral Park, Poudre River, and Mummy Pass trails. Allow a couple hours to backpack to Hague Creek. The campsite has one individual site and one group site with a hitchrack for stock. A group/stock permit must be obtained for this site. The site has a pit toilet. Get water from the river or creek. Treat or boil all water before use. The campsite is snow-free by early July.

Pro Tips

  • Reach Hague Creek Campsite from Fort Collins and Interstate 25 by driving northwest on U.S. 287 for ten miles. Turn left or west on Colorado 14 and drive 51 miles to a left or south turn onto Long Draw Road/Forest Road 156. Follow the gravel road for eight miles to the Corral Creek Trailhead on the left side of the road. Descend Corral Park Trail, losing 280 feet, to Poudre River Trail. Go right a short distance and go left on Mummy Pass Trail. The campsites are on the right just past the junction.
  • A backcountry permit is required for all overnight camping in Rocky Mountain National Park’s backcountry. Get permits at the Park Headquarters Backcountry Office next to Beaver Meadows Visitor Center west of Estes Park, at Kawuneeche Visitor Center north of Grand Lake, or at the park website.
  • You agree to obey National Park regulations for backcountry camping when you get a Backcountry Use Permit. The permit must be with you at all times and a tent tag must be displayed on your pack while hiking and on your tent. You must follow your planned itinerary so campsites aren’t overused or crowded. You also receive a tag to place on the dashboard of your vehicle, allowing overnight parking at trailheads without being towed.
  • Practice a Leave No Trace ethic when camping at Hague Creek. Pitch tents in designated areas near a silver arrowhead. Secure food and garbage. Store food in a bear-resistant canister, which is required from May to October at all campsites below timberline. Keep food, trash, and scented items in the container and stash it 200 feet from your site. Don’t camp below dead trees; wind storms blow branches off them.
  • Recommended season(s): July through September.

    —Stewart M. Green


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