Silvanmere Backcountry Campsite lies at 9,360 feet in a mixed conifer and aspen forest on the east side of North Boundary trail and south of the North Fork of the Big Thompson River and the North Fork Patrol Cabin. The two-site camping area, tucked in the northeast corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, is reached by a short path marked by red arrowheads on trees. The campsite is 5.6 miles from the Dunraven Trailhead, via North Fork and North Boundary trails. It gains 1,400 feet from car to camp and takes five to six hours to hike to the site. There is no pit toilet so bring wag bags for human waste. Get water from a seasonal stream just south of the site. The creek dries up by mid-June so get water from the river. Boil or treat all water before use. The campsite is snow-free by early June.

Pro Tips

  • Find Boundary Creek Campsite from Estes Park by driving northeast for 7.5 miles on MacGregor Avenue/Devils Gulch Road to Glen Haven Post Office. Continue on Devils Gulch Road for another 1.7 miles to Dunraven Glade Road and turn west. Follow Dunraven Gulch Road for 2.2 miles to the Dunraven Trailhead. Do not drive or park on the road past the trailhead since its private property. Hike west on North Fork Trail, passing through Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, to the junction with North Boundary Trail. Go south past the patrol cabin to a short path that goes to the campsite.
  • 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 obtain 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.
  • Avoid impact by following a Leave No Trace ethic at Silvanmere Campsite. Pitch tents in designated areas near a silver arrowhead. Secure food and garbage. Black bears are around so stash 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 store it 200 feet from your site. Don’t camp below dead trees; wind storms blow branches off them.
  • There is no privy at the campsite. Pack in at least two RESTOP wag bags for human waste to avoid site contamination. In an emergency, dig a six-inch deep hole and bury waste and toilet paper. Make sure you’re at least 200 feet from the campsite, water sources, and trails.
  • Recommended season(s): June through September.

    —Stewart M. Green


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