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
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    7/2015: To protect nesting birds of prey, area closures are implemented on February 1. Areas currently closed: Eagle Rock.
Boulder RD (West of Boulder, CO)    The Boulder Ranger District Office is closed on Federal Holidays including July 3, September 17, and October 12. Regular office hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Brainard Lake Recreation Area    7/2015: The main road to Brainard Lake is open. Trailhead lots are now scheduled to open on July 3. Trails west of Brainard Lake are a mix of mud, water and snow.
Bull Mountain Campground Open to Visitor 6/11/2015. Stillwater Road is only open to the mid-slope gate.
Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Center Closed to Visitor
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.
Gordon Gulch Dispersed Camping Area    Portions of 314.1A and 314.1H are closed because of mud.
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway Open 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.
Horseshoe Campground Open to Visitor No drinking water available. Get water at South Fork Campground.
Jim Creek Campground Open 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 Closed to Visitor 2015: Lefthand OHV Area 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.
Long Lake Trailhead    7/2015: The main road to Brainard Lake is open. Trailhead lots are now scheduled to open on July 3. Trails west of Brainard Lake are a mix of mud, water and snow. NOTE: Lake Isabelle will be drained in July for repairs. A helicopter will be used to transport supplies and materials.
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 Open 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 Closed for the season
North Fork Trail (#929) Closed to Visitor Closed for trail restoration work June 1 to August 24, 2015.
Olive Ridge Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open. Drinking water is not available. Extensive repairs are needed.
Robbers Roost Campground Closed to Visitor Snow and downed trees
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 Open to Visitor Water is on until 9/27/15.
Sugarloaf Campground Open to Visitor Water available at South Fork campground.
Trail of the Mourning Dove and the Birdwalk Closed 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.