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
Arapaho Bay Boating Site Open to Visitor
Baker Draw Designated Shooting Area Open to Visitor Temp closure June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for maintenance.
Bellaire Lake Campground Open to Visitor Water is temporarily off at Bellaire Campground. BRING WATER. Questions? Call 970-295-6700.
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    Seasonal area closures protect nesting birds of prey from February 1 through approximately July 31 each year. Current condtions: all areas have reopened.
Boulder Ranger District (West of Boulder, CO)    Regular hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday; closed on weekends and Federal Holidays. Not all services are available during lunch (12:30 - 1 pm).
Brainard Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor The Brainard Lake Road is open. Parking is limited. Long Lake and Mitchell Lake trailhead lots can fill soon after dawn.
Bright Extension Trail Closed to Visitor The Bright Extension Trail remains closed due to flood damage.
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.
Caribou Dispersed Camping Area    Campfires and target shooting prohibited.
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.
Devil's Canyon Open to Visitor Currently closed due to rock slide.  Hope to have the road open by the end of July.
Dowdy Lake Campground Open to Visitor Reservations are virtually full for all of summer 2016.
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.
Grandview Campground Open to Visitor Opening depends on when Long Draw Opens
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway Open to Visitor Should you have questions or concerns, please call:  303-679-2312, or check the Guanella Pass Road Information Line at 303-679-2422 x.2 for updates.  Thank you.
Jim Creek Campground Open to Visitor Contact NSCD for reservations. 970- 726 -1540
Kelly Dahl Campground Open to Visitor Open 5/20-9/25/2016. Campfires prohibited.
Lake Evelyn Trail # 15 Open to Visitor Road to trailhead is not open yet due to snow.
Laramie River Road Open to Visitor Reopened 6/17/16
Lee and Dorothy Rhodes Farm Implement Museum Open to Visitor
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. Road work is ongoing on the main road and parking may not be available: http://www.bouldercounty.org/roads/plans/pages/lhcreconstruction.aspx
Lion Gulch Trail (#949) Closed to Visitor Closed due to flood damage.
Mizpah Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the 2016 season due to a culvert failure and associated road damage.
North Fork Trail (#929) Open to Visitor Open to foot traffic only. Horses not permitted until further notice.
Olive Ridge Campground Open to Visitor Open 5/20-9/25/2016. Campfires prohibited. Drinking water not available. Extensive repairs needed.
Pawnee Campground Open to Visitor Open 6/24-9/11/2016. Campfires prohibited.
Pierson Park Road (#119) Open to Visitor This is not a through road. Enter from either the north or side side.
Rainbow Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Open 6/17-9/25. Campfires prohibited. Bear and mountain lion have been recently encountered in this area. Store your food properly. A fed bear is a dead bear.
Steward J. Adams Education Site Open to Visitor
Trail of the Mourning Dove and the Birdwalk Open to Visitor
Young Gulch Trail (#999) Closed to Visitor The Young Gulch trail is closed due to flood damage. Expected to reopen in 2017 or 2018.