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 webpage, which will open in a new window. From there you can select Recreation Information webpages for individual national forests and grasslands.
US Forest Service Maps and Recreation Passes Now Available at the PLIC!
The 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!
Free Christmas Tree permit on a national forest to all 4th Graders!
This year the Forest Service is offering one free Christmas Tree permit to 4th graders who would like to cut a Christmas tree on a national forest. In order to get their free permit, the 4th grader must be accompanied by an adult and present an Interagency 4th Grade Pass or valid voucher at the Forest Service district office in the area in which they would like to cut a tree. To get their free Interagency 4th Grade Pass, 4th graders must log on to https://everykidinapark.gov/ and follow the instructions. To view Christmas tree cutting areas in the Rocky Mountain Region, visit our Regional Christmas Tree Cutting Program website.
Christmas Tree Cutting is Just Around the Corner!
Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a tradition for many residents of the Rocky Mountain Region. In doing so, you take an active part in managing your national forests as you celebrate your own family's holiday tradition!
This year's regional primary Christmas tree cutting dates will be December 5-13, 2015. In order to provide some consistency for the region, primary Christmas tree cutting dates are set which means that all tree cutting areas in our region must be open between those dates. However, some areas allow cutting as early as Thanksgiving and some allow cutting until the end of the year. To view more information for the region, visit our Regional Christmas Tree Cutting Program website.
Be Aware! Rocky Mountain Regional Hunting Seasons Are Underway!
Hunting seasons are underway throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and all outdoor recreation enthusiasts need to be aware. Just click on this Hunting Information link, or the picture to the left, and you'll be able to find all the information you need to enjoy a successful hunting experience this year.
Regional Winter Recreation Opportunities Website
Now available for winter recreation enthusiasts is the Rocky Mountain Region's Winter Recreation Opportunities website. The site is a great way for the public to find the many types of winter recreation opportunities available within our Region. Just click on this Winter Recreation Opportunities link, or the picture to the left, and you will be able to find information about the most popular winter recreation activities.
Archaeological Heritage of Colorado’s Ute Tribe Part of National Forests’ History in Rocky Mountain Region
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!
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.
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!
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.