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Frequently Asked Questions about Blanco Ranger District
What about campfire bans? Fire bans are commonplace in the summer. Please be sure to check conditions and area restrictions prior to planning for campfires.
Can you make reservations at Trappers Lake campgrounds? No. All of the Trappers Lake campgrounds are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Have you had problems with bears? We have not had many reports of aggressive bears in the Blanco Ranger District which includes the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. There have been problems with bears, however, in other districts within The White River National Forest and there are bears in this area, so take all necessary precautions to avoid any bear encounters.
Are there any area closures due to fire? No. All trails in the vicinity of the Big Fish fire (July-Sept. 2002) are currently open. Remember to be careful and aware of the possibility of falling snags in the burned area.

Frequently Asked Questions about Camping in Blanco Ranger District
When are campgrounds typically open? Our campgrounds open in late May and typically close in mid November. Please contact our district office at 970-878-4039 for more information on campground opening and closing dates.
Do your campgrounds have corrals for horses? We currently have two campgrounds which have corrals available. Horse Thief Campground (Located at Trappers Lake) & Marvine Campground. Additional fees may apply for using corrals.
Are dogs allowed in campgrounds? Dogs are allowed as long as they are kept leashed and under control at all times. Please be considerate of other campers. If you would like more information, ask a campground host or see a ranger.

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