Recreation

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Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests & Pawnee National Grassland offers a diversity of outdoor opportunities and special places to explore. These lands are yours to visit, to care for, but most of all, to enjoy! So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in Colorado’s great outdoors where recreation opportunities abound.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Ansel Watrous Campground Open to Visitor
Arapaho Bay Boating Site Closed to Visitor Closed until the Roaring Fork campground loop opens in late May.
Berthoud Pass Trailhead    No winter sledding allowed on either side of the pass. No snowmobiling in the area. No camping, campfires, stoves, dogs or smoking inside the Berthoud Pass warming hut.
Boulder Canyon    Annual area closures are implemented February 1 to protect nesting birds of prey. Current 2016 Status: Eagle Rock CLOSED, Blob Rock OPEN, Bitty Buttress OPEN, Security Risk OPEN. Happy Hour, Bihedral and Riviera OPEN.
Boulder Ranger District (West of Boulder, CO)    The office will be closed for an all-employee training on May 23, 2016. Regular hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; closed on weekends and Federal Holidays. Not all services are available during the lunch hour (12 - 1 pm).
Brainard Lake Recreation Area    May 2016: Roads and trailhead lots are closed. Use the Brainard Gateway Trailhead for free non-motorized access. "Summer Regulations" apply (May 1 - Nov 14). The Brainard Lake Road is scheduled to open to motorized traffic on June 17.
Bull Mountain Campground Open to Visitor 6/11/2015. Stillwater (123) and Kawuneeche (120) Road are open.
Canyon Lakes Ranger District (West of Fort Collins    Regular office hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Office is closed Wednesdays and weekends.
Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Center Closed to Visitor
Coulson Gulch Trail    The Coulson Gulch trail remains partially closed due to flood damage. A Forest Order prohibits use of the final few miles along with the North Sheep Mountain Trail.
Dowdy Lake Campground Open to Visitor First loop (sites 1 - 30) is open. Back loops are closed beginning in late September. Water is off.
Dunraven Trailhead Open to Visitor The lower portion of the North Fork Trail is closed due to the 2013 flood. Access to the upper portion begins near the trailhead. Foot traffic only. Bulwark Ridge trail access is open.
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway Closed to Visitor As scheduled in the past, the county will close Guanella Pass Road at the Naylor Lake intersection and approximately 0.8 mile north of the Guanella Pass summit on or about Monday, November 30, 2015. To provide winter maintenance on the Guanella Pass Road is very costly for Clear Creek County and requires unavailable resources.  We will maintain Guanella Pass Road on a first day service to Cabin Creek Hydroelectric Plant and then on a third/fourth day basis to the Naylor Lake intersection after a snowfall. It is our hope the Guanella Pass Road will reopen on or about, Friday, May 27, 2016. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact our office:  303-679-2312, or check the Guanella Pass Road Information Line at 303-679-2422 x.2 for updates.  Thank you.
Jim Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Contact NSCD for reservations. 970- 726 -1540
Lake Evelyn Trail # 15 Open to Visitor Road to trailhead is not open yet due to snow.
Lefthand OHV Trailhead    Lefthand OHV Area was severely damaged by flood waters. There is no motorized access: foot travel and bicycle only. Target shooting remains prohibited.
Lion Gulch Trail (#949) Closed to Visitor Closed due to flood damage.
Meadow Creek Reservoir Fishing Site Open to Visitor Road is not open to the reservoir yet. Only non-motorized and non-trailered vessels.
Midland Group Campground Closed to Visitor Call 970-726-0889 for reservations.
Mizpah Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the 2015 season due to a culvert failure and associated road damage.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway Closed to Visitor
North Fork Trail (#929) Open to Visitor Lower portion still closed.  Walk-in access only to upper portion.
Pawnee Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is closed. Camping is prohibited in a closed campground. This campground is scheduled to open on June 24, 2016.
Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout Open to Visitor
St. Louis Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor Road is closed at gate. Walk in only. Road is washed out, so one cannot drive to the old trailhead.
Stillwater Campground Closed to Visitor First 11 sites are available in winter. Be prepared to shovel sites. Only fee is ANRA fee.
Sugarloaf Campground Closed to Visitor Water available at South Fork campground when open.
Trail of the Mourning Dove and the Birdwalk Open to Visitor
Willow Creek Boating Site Open to Visitor Open to non-motorized, non-trailered vessels.
Young Gulch Trail (#999) Closed to Visitor The Young Gulch trail is closed due to flood damage.