Rocky Mountain Region Recreation Information Map


The Rocky Mountain Region manages 17 national forests and seven national grasslands throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, along with most of South Dakota and Wyoming. The Rocky Mountain Region offers many different types of world-class recreational opportunities, year-round.


When you move your cursor over a state below, a filled-in map outline will appear. Click on the map outline to visit that state's Recreation Information Map web page, which will open in a new window. From there you can select Recreation Information web pages for individual national forests and grasslands.

Rocky Mountain Region Recreation Information MapMap of the Rocky Mountain Region with Wyoming highlighted - Click on the map outline to view the Wyoming Recreation Information Map Map of the Rocky Mountain Region with South Dakota highlighted - Click on the map outline to view the South Dakota Recreation Information Map Map of the Rocky Mountain Region with Nebraska highlighted - Click on the map outline to view the Nebraska Recreation Information Map Map of the Rocky Mountain Region with Kansas highlighted - Click on the map outline to view the Kansas Recreation Information Map Map of the Rocky Mountain Region with Colorado highlighted - Click on the map outline to view the Colorado Recreation Information Map



US Forest Service Maps and Recreation Passes Now Available at the PLIC!

Collage of United States Forest Service Visitor Information MapsCollage of Inter-Agency Recreation PassesThe public has a new walk-in location to view and/or purchase US Forest Service Visitor Information maps and Inter-Agency Recreation passes, the Public Lands Information Center (PLIC)! The PLIC is located within the Public Room of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Colorado State Office at 2850 Youngfield Street, in Lakewood, Colorado, 303-239-3600. To view information regarding what all is available, click on the PLIC!

Know Before You Fly! New FAA Drone Rules Go Into Effect!

Recreational Drone - Click on this photo to view tips for responsible use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or “Drones” on National Forest System lands in a new window [Portable Document Format file 183 kilobytes]New rules governing the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on National Forest System lands went into effect during 2015. The US Forest Service is highly interested in new technologies and believes there is potential to use Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to support a host of natural resource management activities, including forest health protection, wildfire suppression, research, recreational impacts, and law enforcement.
The agency has been exploring the potential to use UAS for several years, and it has tested different UAS platforms during wildfires, prescribed fires, and in other natural resource management settings. Individuals and organizations that fly UAS on National Forest System lands must follow FAA guidance – FAA guidance stipulates that UAS not interfere with manned aircraft, be flown within sight of the operator and be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. For more information regarding flying UAS on National Forest System lands:

Regional Summer Recreation Opportunities (SROs)

Group of mountain bikers riding on the Monarch Crest Trail in the Gunnison National Forest, located in central Colorado. Click to view the Summer Recreation Opportunities webpage [HyperText Markup Language (HTML) link]Now available for summer recreation enthusiasts is the Rocky Mountain Region's Summer Recreation Opportunities (SROs) website. The site is a great way for the public to find the many types of SROs available within our Region. Just click on this Summer Recreation Opportunities link, or the picture to the left, and you will be able to find information about the most popular summer recreation activities.
Big Creeks Lake Campground in the Routt National Forest, located in north-central Colorado. Click to view the website to make a reservation in a new window [HyperText Markup Language (HTML) link].It's also time to start thinking about where you are going to want to go camping this summer, so check out our Rocky Mountain Region Camping Overview Information webpage. You can find all the information you will need regarding any type of camping you want to do. If your idea of camping is inside a nice warm cabin or fire overlook, you can check out our Historic Cabin and Fire Overlook Rentals page. It's never too early to start thinking about making campground reservations either, so check out the website to reserve your favorite campsites! To see where all of our campgrounds are located you can view any of our National Forest or Grassland Visitor Information Maps by visiting Maps & Publications.



Archaeological Heritage of Colorado’s Ute Tribe Part of National Forests’ History in Rocky Mountain Region

The remains of a free-standing wickiup is inspected in Mesa County, Colorado. Click on the photo to view an article on the Forest Service Blog webpage. (Photo courtesy Dominguez Archaeological Research Group)There are small piles of fallen wooden timbers on national forests in the Rocky Mountain Region that tell a story of the area’s past. They are part of aboriginal wooden structures known as wickiups, a conical-shaped dwelling used by native people. The relics are part of the tribe’s legacy of living on these lands and are a part of the cultural history on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison (GMUG), Rio Grande, San Juan and White River National Forests. Click on the photo to the left to view an interesting blog that describes the history of these wickiups.

Don't Move Firewood! and Learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and other Invasive Species!

Don't Move Firewood logo - Click to view the Don't Move Firewood website in a new window [HyperText Markup Language (HTML) link]Tree-killing insects and diseases can lurk in firewood. These insects and diseases can't move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles. New infestations destroy our forests, property values, and cost huge sums of money to control. For more information on how invasive species and diseases they can carry can hitch free rides to new areas via firewood, please visit the Don't Move Firewood website.
EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) logo - Click to view the EAB website in a new window [HyperText Markup Language (HTML) link]Since its accidental introduction from Asia, emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), has killed millions of ash trees in North America. As it continues to spread, it could functionally exterminate ash with devastating economic and ecological impacts. Little was known about EAB when it was first discovered in North America in 2002, but substantial advances in understanding of EAB biology, ecology, and management have occurred since. EAB was first discovered in Colorado during the fall of 2013. For more information on EAB and other potentially devastating Invasive Species, please visit the EAB website.

Watch Out! Trees are Still Falling Without Warning!

Fallen beetle-kill tree just misses a tent in a campground!  Click on the photo to view the Regional Mountain Pine Beetle Information website in a new window [HyperText Markup Language (HTML) link]. Safety of visitors is the number one concern of the US Forest Service. An effect of the on-going Mountain Pine Beetle infestation throughout our Region is the danger of beetle-killed trees falling, not only in developed campgrounds, but throughout the forests along backcountry hiking trails and roads, as well. On the campground information pages of forests and grasslands within our Region you will find which campgrounds will be closed for the summer, along with those that will have delayed openings or early closings, while hazard trees are removed. For more information regarding campgrounds, visit the Camping Overview webpage. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this situation may cause.