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Old 07-06-2012, 08:12 AM
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Headed for RMNP in August. Was wondering if I need a trout stamp on top of my non resident license? I'm assuming so, but there was nothing on the fishing license website. Second what is the law as far as carrying a handgun when fishing streams? I do not have a C&C at this time. Thanks
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Dennis: All you need to fish in RMNP is a valid Coloraod fishing license.
See this link: Fishing - Rocky Mountain National Park
I'm pretty sure it is legal to carry a handgun in the national parks, but IMHO I would go with a can of bear spray. I know this is a really heated topic with some of the members, but unless you are really proficient in using a handgun under stress a can of bear spray will serve you well.
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Check out Colorado division of wildlife for complete regs:
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Firearm carry is probably easy, finding a legal place to shoot will be more of a challenge. I've never carried more than a knife in Colorado, seen plenty of moose, bear, coyote, etc. Never had a problem.
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Carrying a firearm is legal in the park with a concealed weapons permit. It is not legal to carry in to any of the park offices (federal buildings). Colorado is a "open carry" state so it is legal to carry openly but it is a Federal Park so I would call to the visitor center to see if Colorado laws apply in the Federal Park.

Pointless trivia...what Federal Act allowed CCW in Federal Parks...yep you guessed it the fair credit act passed a few years back

The other guys are right, no special license required to fish the park just a Colorado License. I did have a park ranger check me once to make sure I crimped my barbs.
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Carrying a firearm is legal in the park with a concealed weapons permit. It is not legal to carry in to any of the park offices (federal buildings). Colorado is a "open carry" state so it is legal to carry openly but it is a Federal Park so I would call to the visitor center to see if Colorado laws apply in the Federal Park.

Pointless trivia...what Federal Act allowed CCW in Federal Parks...yep you guessed it the fair credit act passed a few years back

The other guys are right, no special license required to fish the park just a Colorado License. I did have a park ranger check me once to make sure I crimped my barbs.
Good point about crimping the barbs, I forgot that was required!
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This is a typical sign at one of the many trailheads in the park. Of the dozens of park trailheads I've seen, they all have a similar sign. I think this is the Fern Lake TH. But usually the signs read: "NO FIRES, NO WEAPONS, NO PETS" etc. This particular sign is a little confusing about campfires. Although permits are given out for backcountry camping, absolutely no fires are allowed anywhere in the Park other than the car campgrounds (all times - not just during the current fire restricitons).

And I'm pretty sure no firearms unless you have a CCW.



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Thanks for all the info. One other question....What about outside the park. We're actually staying by Grand Lake. So I'll probably fish the Colorado river too.
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Thanks for all the info. One other question....What about outside the park. We're actually staying by Grand Lake. So I'll probably fish the Colorado river too.
Outside the park Colorado is open carry state so you can carry openly. If you head down the Colorado river from Grand Lake the whole stretch from Pumphouse to State Bridge is wadeable excellent fishing.
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