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Golden Cottonwoods line the river valleys in Autumn. (photo: P. Owens). Young female firefighter with hard hat pauses for a photo during a pile burn.Beautiful photo of Maroon Lake framed by fall colors by Carr Clifton.

Top Stories

Tread Lightly!, Noble Energy, and partners complete “Shade the Range” project at Baker Draw in Colorado.  

Forest Service releases Interactive Tribal Connections Map

Please check Incident Information System Web Site (InciWeb) for the most up-to-date information about wildfires burning across the region

Bear facts: learning about bears before you come to the forest can help you avoid a confrontation.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, may not fly in areas of National Forest System lands that have Temporary Flight Restrictions in place, such as wildfires, without prior approval from the U.S. Forest Service. For more information, visit the Know Before You Fly website.

The Rising Cost of Wildfire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service's Non-Fire Work.

It is recommended to limit outdoor time when the air is thick with smoke. Visit AirNow to find out the Air Quality Index in your area. 

Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sites.  Go Camping! Link to camping information for the Region.  Got a Map? Link to available maps for the Region. 

man with rifle on back looking over a valley surrounded by mountains


It's a Short Ride to Discover the Forest (video)

Historic Conservation Campaign Protects Greater Sage-Grouse

A sage-grouse showing its feathersAn unprecedented, landscape-scale conservation effort across the western United States has significantly reduced threats to the greater sage-grouse across 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat and enabled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to conclude that the charismatic rangeland bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This collaborative, science-based greater sage-grouse strategy is the largest land conservation effort in U.S. history. The FWS reached this determination after evaluating the bird’s population status, along with the collective efforts by the BLM and U.S. Forest Service, state agencies, private landowners and other partners to conserve its habitat.

Partners Rock! - Night Out with Nature

young girl reading a book by lantern light while sitting on a rock #getintents -On June 19th in partnership with Get Outdoors Colorado, the Greenway Foundation,Albertsons and The Coleman Company theUSDA FS Rocky Mountain Region hosted a “Night Out with Nature” at Johnson Habitat Park. Just 5 miles from downtown Denver, the students set up tents on their own, made tin foil dinners, learned (and recreated) the Kiowa traditions of music and dance, and ate s'mores to their hearts content! More on Night Out with Nature 

Leaf-Peepers---ready to see some color?

Fall Color in the San Juan National ForestOne of the greatest natural events in the world is starting to change — change colors that is. The brilliant colors on the leaves of millions of trees are about to make you look up in awe. We want to help you get outside and experience this!

Fall colors are in varying stages of color from green to gold. Autumn in America -Fall color updates around the U.S. 

Every Kid in a Park

two fourth graders holding a pass and their certificateFrom sea to shining sea, our country is home to gorgeous landscapes, vibrant waterways, and historic treasures that all Americans can enjoy. Every fourth-grader in the nation will receive an “Every Kid in a Park” pass that’s good for free admission to all of America’s federal lands and waters -- for them and their families -- for a full year. Visit for details.


Recent News


Working Together to Restore the Colorado Front Range

A group of land owners and managers in a group outside discussing forest restoration.

It started with a call from a concerned landowner living on Pine Country Lane, nestled in the foothills just west of Denver. Their home was sitting at the top of a hill in a tinderbox surrounded by dense forests dying from bark beetle and tussock moth invasions. That call was the catalyst to one of the most exciting restoration projects on the Colorado Front Range.


Kids Get Outside

This video is meant to inspire parents and kids alike to get outside and have fun playing; all while helping their mind and body at the same time. This video was made to try and improve the general health of children and bring families together in the natural world.


This Month in Forest Service History

Events that have helped shape the Forest Service in August and September. ...

Cross-Equator Collaboration

Recently, three land managers from the Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservacao de Biodiversidade, traveled to the United States to meet with the U.S. Forest Service.


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