The Eldorado National Forest is located in the eastern center part of California.
Where is this Forest?


Come Discover, Explore, and Enjoy!

Established in 1910, the Eldorado hosts over 2.1 million visitors each year. The Forest offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities to the forest visitor looking to explore, seek out new adventures, or revisit old memories. With over 80 developed campgrounds and picnic areas, hundreds of miles of roads and trails, multiple large lakes and reservoirs, innumerable miles of rivers and streams, great scenery, and an abundance of plant and wildlife, visitors can find a place or activity to suit them.

Leading the Eldorado

image of Laurence Crabtree, Eldorado National Forest Supervisor

Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree


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All Things King Fire

All topics related to the King Fire: Restoration Project, BAER program, Closure order, etc. The Final Environmental Impact Statement is available.

All Things Travel Management

The Eldorado National Forest is following the 2005 Travel Management Rule. Subpart A is a review of administrative use on our Transportation system. Subpart B designated road, trails, and areas for motor vehicle use. Subpart C designates areas and trails for over the snow vehicles. The Final Subpart A Travel Analysis Report is available on the web. 


Mormon Emigrant Trail (Iron Mountain road) is closed for the winter.

The MET is closed for the season due to snow. Gates on both ends have been closed.

El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee

The SRS Act was recently reauthorized again for a two year extension which was signed into law on April 16, 2015. Check our web page for information regarding membership and projects.


Fall Winter Prescribed Burn Program

Our prescribed burn projects will be implemented when weather conditions are favorable. Check out our web page for project areas.

Eldorado's Veterans

The Eldorado National Forest is very proud of our Veterans. Here are a few of our employee veterans that have brought some great experience and knowledge to our forest.

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Related Links


  • Recreation Opportunity Guides (ROG)
    These guides contain information, maps, and directions to assist you in enjoying your trip to the Eldorado National Forest.
  • ENF Proposed Projects - SOPA Link opens in a new window
    The Schedule of Proposed Actions database contains the status and environmental analysis documents of the Eldorado NF's Proposed Projects.
  • Vehicle Travel on the Eldorado
    Roads and trails on the Eldorado are designated for wheeled motor vehicle travel. Vehicle travel off these designated roads and trails is prohibited. Check your destination before you go.
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