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 Closed until the Roaring Fork campground loop opens in late May.
Baker Draw Designated Shooting Area Open to Visitor Temp closure June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for maintenance.
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)    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    The Brainard Lake Road is open to the main parking area just east of Brainard Lake. Due to adverse trail conditions, trailhead lots typically remain closed until the end of June. "Summer Regulations" apply.
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 Closed to Visitor Opening July 1, 2016
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.
Crow Valley Family Campground Closed to Visitor
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 Closed 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.
Hessie Trailhead    Moose have recently charged several people in this area. Moose are especially aggressive when a dog is nearby. For your safety and for the safety of others, keep your dog on a leash at all times.
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.
Laramie River Road Open to Visitor Reopened 6/17/16
Lee and Dorothy Rhodes Farm Implement Museum Closed 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.
Long Draw Campground Closed to Visitor Opening depends on when Long Draw Road opens
Middle Saint Vrain Trailhead    The gate west of Camp Dick is closed and typically opens for the summer season in late June. The road may open on Sunday, June 26 but no earlier. Delay is probable.
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 Lower portion still closed.  Walk-in access only to upper portion.
Olive Ridge Campground Open to Visitor Drinking water will not be available again this year. Repairs are needed.
Pawnee Campground Open to Visitor Pawnee Campground is open. The eight tent only campsites (W1-W8) remain closed due to hazardous trees.
Pierson Park Road (#119) Open to Visitor
Steward J. Adams Education Site Closed to Visitor
Trail of the Mourning Dove and the Birdwalk Closed 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.