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

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image of Laurence Crabtree, Eldorado National Forest Supervisor

Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree


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King Fire Area Closure Order

The Forest Order for the King Fire Closure Area was revised on  October 31 reducing the size of the closure area. Follow the link above to read the updated closure order and view the map. 

This closure will continue through the winter and is based on our safety concerns for the winter. A longer term closure for all or parts of the Burn area will not be determined until spring when more information is available. Although you no longer see flames the fire area is still considered unsafe. Several examples of safety hazards are the very likely potential of falling trees as their root systems and the soil structure supporting them have been compromised leaving little stability for the dead or even live trees. Unseen hazards are present as root systems have burned away underground leaving cavities in the soil. Mud and debris flows are another concern.  

King Fire BAER Information

An inciweb site has been created for the Burned Area Emergency Response work that follows on the heels of a wildfire,


42 Routes Project Update

In 2012 the U.S. District Court directed the Forest Service to close sections of forty-two routes until a supplemental EIS for route segments that cross meadows was completed.

Prescribed Fire Projects

For project information check out this link.


  • 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.
  • ENFIA Forest Store is Online! OffSite Link

    Check it out for books, clothing, maps, Smokey Bear merchandise, and toys.

  • Recreation Opportunity Guides (ROG)
    These guides contain information, maps, and directions to assist you in enjoying your trip to the Eldorado National Forest.
  • Stewardship Contracting
    Stewardship End Result Contracting includes natural resource management practices seeking to promote a closer working relationship with local communities in a broad range of activities that improve land conditions.
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