Canyon Lakes Ranger District (West of Fort Collins

  

Welcome to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District! Located in north-central Colorado, the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest encompasses approximately 650,000 acres, mostly in Larimer County. The Canyon Lakes Ranger District offers visitors a variety of recreation opportunities throughout the year, and also provides for traditional uses, such as permits for firewood gathering and grazing. We are home to four wilderness areas, three national recreation trails, two historic districts, and Colorado’s only Wild and Scenic River. State Highways 34, 36 and 14 allow for easy access to one of our many hiking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive roads, and lakes and streams. Stop by our office in Fort Collins and we’ll be glad to help you discover the many great reasons to visit your national forest.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Main office open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Visitor Center open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and closed on Wednesdays. Closed on weekends and Federal Holidays. E-mail the Canyon Lakes Ranger District. Visitor Center phone number is 970-295-6700. Main office number is 970-295-6710.
Reservations: Eight of Canyon Lakes Ranger District's campgrounds offer reservable campsites.  Campground reservations are made through the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.
Permit Info: Firewood permits are sold seasonally for the Canyon Lakes Ranger District.  Call first for availability.  Cash or check only. A special use permit is required for all commercial activities and any event with 75 or more people.
Closest Towns: Fort Collins, Loveland, Wellington, Laporte
Passes: The District sells Interagency Access, Senior, and Annual Passes.
Information Center: 2150 Centre Avenue, Building E, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
Phone:  970-295-6700, Fax:  970-295-6797 Follow the district on Twitter for recreation updates.

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Activities


Bicycling

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Twenty-one U.S. Forest Service campgrounds with Canyon Lakes Ranger District provide a wide range of camping experiences. Choose between a river or lakeside campsite, a tent site in a meadow, or a spots near a congressionally designated Wilderness Area. A few campgrounds are off the beaten path, but most fill quickly in the summertime. Check to see if the campground accepts reservations and reserve your spot between 180 and 4 days before your arrival.

Areas for Campground Camping at Canyon Lakes Ranger District (West of Fort Collins

RV Camping

All but one of the 21 campgrounds within Canyon Lakes Ranger District accept RVs. Grandview campground is a tents only area. Campsite parking lengths vary from 15 to 80 feet. A few campgrounds are off the beaten path, but most fill quickly in the summertime. Check to see if the campground accepts reservations and reserve your spot between 180 and 4 days before your arrival. For last minute campers, call the Ranger District office to learn campground availability.

Areas for RV Camping at Canyon Lakes Ranger District (West of Fort Collins

Group Camping

The Canyon Lakes Ranger District has two group campsites which may be reserved up to 360 days in advance.

Areas for Group Camping at Canyon Lakes Ranger District (West of Fort Collins

Dispersed Camping

With a few exceptions, you are allowed to camp along most Forest Service roads. In some areas restrictions exist to protect land and wildlife, minimize road damage, and reduce conflicts between landowners and visitors. Contact the Canyon Lakes Ranger District office for detailed information and a free map.

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Areas for Dispersed Camping at Canyon Lakes Ranger District (West of Fort Collins

Cabin Rentals

The Canyon Lakes Ranger District has one cabin available for rental between June and October.

Areas for Cabin Rentals at Canyon Lakes Ranger District (West of Fort Collins


Fishing

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Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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