Most of the Rio Grande National Forest Campgrounds are open Memorial Weekend to Labor Day, please check the recreation page for recreation conditions report. See campground information right column-->
Fires & Emergencies
Currently we do not have fire restrictions on the Rio Grande National Forest. When prescribed burns, wildland fires, and weather and road emergencies occur, this is where we will provide up-to-date information.
Restrictions & Closures
The Regional Forester and Forest Supervisor have issued orders that restrict or close the use of certain areas. See Public Notices below for the links to special orders or stop by the closest Forest Service Office while in the Rio Grande National Forest to view the closures that are currently in effect.
Most roads are closed for resource protection March 1 through May 21, 2015. Don't be delayed on the road! Click on the link, right column-->, to the road conditions for the district you will be visiting, or call the District Office for information before you depart.
Many folks visiting the Rio Grande National Forest are noticing a big change in the high elevation forests as literally millions of trees are succumbing to the spruce bark beetle. More than 380,000 acres of spruce-fir forest have been infested by spruce beetle since 2002 and the beetles are continuing to spread.
Conejos Ranger District - 719-274-8971
A nuisance bear has been seeking out food items brought into the area by recreationists. The bear has become unnaturally conditioned to being around humans and has damaged backpacking equipment and a tent while searching for food. See more
PLEASE CALL 719-657-3321 for "REAL TIME" CONDITION REPORTS.
Many roads are not plowed free of snow during the winter and can become physically impassable due to ice and snow. Travel these roads with extra caution and be prepared for winter emergency conditions. Some roads may become groomed snowmobile trails during winter, and thus are closed to wheeled vehicles. In March and April, many roads are temporarily closed due to mud season and the need to protect soft road beds from rutting and erosion.