Tip of the Month: Campgrounds, Roads & Christmas Trees

 A snowy scene at Brainard Lake













November is more than the month we set our clocks back, it's also a month of transition.

With the exception of a few year-round campgrounds, many of our campgrounds are now closed. Please check with the Alphabetical Campground List to see what campgrounds are open throughout the winter months.

A few of our roads are already closed and many more will close by the end of the month. Roads that remain open may not be passable due to mud, snow and ice. Many forest service roads close from mid-November to the end of May or June for resource protection or impassible travel conditions. You will find closed gates on many of the roads throughout the winter season, but not all roads have gates. Be prepared and use extreme caution. When you start getting into snow or ice, it is recommended for your safety, to use chains before conditions deteriorate. Turning around can be your best option. Check the Road Status Page for more information.

Although some opportunities for winter recreation, such as cross-country skiing, exist in November, this is not our snowiest month and snow coverage may be sporadic. Check with your Local Ranger District Office for updated conditions.

The Christmas season is just around the corner and any of you may be thinking about a tree. Information for cutting dates and locations on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests can be found on the Christmas Tree Sales webpage.

Conditions can, and do, change rapidly. It can be summer in the morning and winter by afternoon. Please plan accordingly and check our past tips for information about safety.