Recreation

Sign in James Peak Wilderness.

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
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.
Brainard Lake Recreation Area    12/2014: Brainard Lake & Lefthand Park Reservoir Roads are closed. Park at Brainard Gateway Trailhead for free non-motorized use. Overnight camping is allowed from November 15 to April 30. Winter regulations apply.
Bulwark Ridge Trail (#928-1) Open to Visitor
Ceran Saint Vrain Trail    James Canyon Drive is closed to outside cars and bicycles. Check with Boulder County Engineering for more information (303-441-3900).
Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Center Closed to Visitor
Fourth of July Trailhead    12/2014: There is no winter maintenance on the county road that leads to this trailhead. The route may not be passable.
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway Closed to Visitor 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.
Lefthand OHV Trailhead Closed to Visitor Lefthand OHV was severely damaged by flood waters. There is no access. A Forest Order prohibits entry.  
Lion Gulch Trail (#949) Closed to Visitor Closed due to flood damage.
Meadow Creek Reservoir Fishing Site Open to Visitor Meadow Creek Reservoir is now open.
Mizpah Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the 2014 season due to a culvert failure and associated road damage.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
North Fork Trail (#929) Open to Visitor Trail is open to foot traffic only. The lower section of the trail remains closed. Hike on the road to gain access to the upper portion.
Pawnee Campground Closed to Visitor This campground at Brainard Lake is closed until July 2015. There is no camping allowed in a closed campground.
SQUAW MOUNTAIN FIRE LOOKOUT Open to Visitor
Young Gulch Trail (#999) Closed to Visitor The Young Gulch trail is closed due to flood damage.