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    IN>CO>Golden Gate Canyon

    Hey all..

    Old timer here...I thinking of a motorcycle trip to the Rockies and I'm curious...
    What are the hanging requirements for the National and State parks in CO?
    I have no interest in carrying a tent on my bike for 1100 miles if I don't need to...heck, I may find a different location if CO isn't hanger friendly (or maybe a hang at my old friend cannible?!)

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    Golden Gate Canyon State Park's drive in camp ground will probably have an issue with a hammock. Do to the number of peeps that visit Colorado State and National Parks I would think you'd have an issue hanging anything from their trees. The National Forests are far more relaxed about hammocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    Golden Gate Canyon State Park's drive in camp ground will probably have an issue with a hammock. Do to the number of peeps that visit Colorado State and National Parks I would think you'd have an issue hanging anything from their trees. The National Forests are far more relaxed about hammocks.
    hth
    Any suggestions? This is my first time to CO and I'll have 3 days. Just looking to camp and tour on the bike to see some sights...not backpacking
    Thx
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    Quote Originally Posted by animalcontrol View Post
    Any suggestions? This is my first time to CO and I'll have 3 days. Just looking to camp and tour on the bike to see some sights...not backpacking
    Thx
    To be honest there are so many route's to choose from it is hard to recommend one. Do you want to stay on pavement the whole time?

    RMNP/Estes Park will be a zoo. I'd stay as far away as one could get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    RMNP/Estes Park will be a zoo. I'd stay as far away as one could get.
    For sure!
    If you had more time and could get deep into the backcountry, it isn't so bad. Otherwise, Hell on Earth. I'd be tempted to hit the Colorado Trail. There are already two zillion bike riders on it every day; three of which, on average, are courteous to hikers.

    National Forest and National Parks will not make you take your hammock down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    And yes, you are always welcome at Casa Cannibal. I gotz beer!
    ****...how can I say no to that offer!! details TBD
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    Re: IN>CO>Golden Gate Canyon

    One of the great things about the west is the abundance of national forest land. Go a 1/4 or half mile up a forest service road find a pull out and hang your hammock.
    I sated a few days in Golden Gate Canyon SP last summer. Two rangers talked to me about the hammock, but neither told me to take it down. Explain tree huggers if you get the chance.
    National parks are all different. I've hung in Zion, Kings Canyon, Sequoia and others, but last year I was told to sleep on the ground at Capitol Reef.

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    I checked and neither the RMNP nor Colorado State Parks have any regulations prohibiting hammocks. However, when I asked a RMNP ranger about it, he told me that they did check to see if I was using straps instead of rope/cord on the trees. I have heard that before from other people who hung hammocks. The park rangers don't want the trees damaged.

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