3028 East Main Street
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone (719) 269-8500
Monday - Friday
Special Closure in the Upper Huerfano Valley
Click here for the notice on access to the Lily Lake Trailhead.
San Carlos Ranger District manages the southern half of the San Isabel National Forest. The District is 50 miles wide and 110 miles long with about 400,000 acres of National Forest in Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Pueblo, Las Animas and Costilla counties. Mountain ranges are: Wet Mountains, Sangre de Cristo’s and the Spanish Peaks.
The Sangre de Cristo and Greenhorn Wilderness areas were both designated as such in August of 1993. Most of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range (226,455 acres) is designated Wilderness. The Greenhorn Wilderness Area is 22,000 acres and is located in the Wet mountain range. The Spanish Peaks (18,000 acres), is now a designated Wilderness Area. The Spanish Peaks have also been designated as a National Landmark.
There are 11 campgrounds with 210 fee campsites plus 2 group sites which are reservation only. Out of the 11 campgrounds we have 10 that are operated by concessionaire (contractors hired by the U.S.F.S.).
There is 1 picnic area at Lake Isabel Recreational Area and 4 small sites in the Cuchara Creek recreational Area.
As part of our National Scenic Byway System, we have two highways to recommend:
There are snowmobile clubs, who maintain 55 miles of groomed trails and 22 miles of groomed routes for the San Carlos Ranger district.
There are an average of 15 fires, burning up about 30 acres per season, (this does not include prescribed fires).
Click here for interesting photos from the lightning caused Medano Fire (June 2010)
Click here for interesting photos from the lightning caused Johnson Gulch Fire(August/September 2009).
In past years, there have been sometimes more than 13,500 hours donated by groups and individuals, in just one season! These volunteer programs include: Search and Rescue, Volunteer Fire Fighters, Campground and Facility maintenance, Trail Maintenance and Reconstruction, Wildlife and Fisheries, Botany, Fencing, Snowmobile and Ski trail Signing and Trash Removal.