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
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 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 the noon hour (12 - 1 pm).
Brainard Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor The Brainard Lake Road is open June 18 - October 16 (weather dependent). Day-use only (camping prohibited).
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.
Chambers Lake Campground Open to Visitor Sites 32-51 will be closed on an individual basis, Sunday afternoon-Thursday afternoon, in late September for bear locker installation.
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.
Diamond Rock Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Restroom closed for repairs.
Dowdy Lake Campground Open to Visitor Back loop (sites 31-62) closed 9/11/16-9/16/16 for bear locker installation. Sites 1-30 closed on an individual basis intermittently from 9/19/16 on for bear locker installation.
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 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 Closed to Visitor Contact NSCD for reservations. 970- 726 -1540
Lake Evelyn Trail # 15 Open to Visitor
Laramie River Road Open to Visitor Reopened 6/17/16
Lefthand OHV Trailhead    Lefthand OHV Area was severely damaged by flood waters. There is no motorized access: foot travel and bicycle only. 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. Drinking water not available: extensive repairs needed.
Pierson Park Road (#119) Open to Visitor This is not a through road. Enter from either the north or side side.
Round Mountain Trail (#969) Closed to Visitor
West Lake Campground Open to Visitor Individual campsites will be closed intermittently starting on 9/19/16, Sunday afternoon through Thursday afternoon only, for bear locker installation.
Winiger Ridge    Camping allowed in designated campsites on the west side of Gross Reservoir.
Young Gulch Trail (#999) Closed to Visitor The Young Gulch trail is closed due to flood damage. Expected to reopen in 2017 or 2018.