The Pike and San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands are located in the center and eastern center areas of Colorado.
Where is this Forest?



2016 Fall Colors on Salida Ranger District

Fall Colors on the Salida Ranger District, Chaffee County, Colorado. Photo: Daryl Bressan


The Pike and San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) make up the most diverse forest throughout the five-state Rocky Mountain Region, covering three million acres. The Forest Service works within local communities across the landscape to successfully provide recreation opportunities, ecosystem services and resource production on these public lands.

PSICC is a busy urban national forest noted for the majority of fourteen thousand foot peaks in Colorado and its span from Colorado’s Front Range to the wide-open grasslands of western Kansas. Over 60 percent of the water used by metropolitan area of Denver, CO originates from the South Platte River.

The forest celebrates a wealth of significant experiences from historic cabin rentals to the birthplace of developed recreation on the San Carlos Ranger District. The Comanche Ranger District lays claim to the internationally known dinosaur trackway at Picket Wire Canyon and continues to excite researchers and visitors alike with new discoveries. With nine Wilderness areas, numerous Scenic Byways and a full spectrum of outdoor opportunities, it is no wonder that the PSICC ranks third highest in the nation for recreational visits at national forests.


U. S. Forest Service Resiliency Project by Beulah Designed to Slow Wildfire Growth

Photo of two people loading a log on a trailerIn April 2015, district crews began utilizing an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps crew to help drastically thin the forest by cutting small diameter trees known as “ladder fuels” in order to minimize the possibilities of catastrophic wildfires. Updated: March 2016.


Kentucky Man Comes Away with a Trophy Buck from Wayne National Forest

Shane Allen with his trophy buck.

The Wayne is a popular destination for hunters. This Kentucky man got a trophy buck in 2015 in Lawrence county, Ohio. 

Printable Trail Permits and Maps


Trail permits may be purchased and downloaded online. We also offer printable maps. Traditional permits and maps are available from our offices and  local vendors.


Browns Canyon National Monument Information

Tall red rocks stand in the foreground with mountains in the background

The PSICC manages a portion of the newly designated Browns Canyon National Monument

Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Project

A greenback Cutthroat Trout swimming in Bear Creek

To protect the greenback cutthroat trout while allowing for appropriate and sustainable recreation...


HistoricCorps Stabilizes Rourke Ranch Buildings - Comanche NG

Members of HistoricCorps standing in front of a historic Rourke Ranch building.

An April 2016 HistoriCorps project worked to stabilize structures at the Rourke Ranch National Historic District.

Payne Gulch Fuels Management Project

Randy Hickenbottom, District Ranger for the South Platte Ranger District, has selected Alternative 2 of the Payne Gulch Fuels Management Project for implementation.

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