Rocky Mountain Region Recreation Information Map
The Rocky Mountain Region manages 17 national forests and seven national grasslands throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, along with most of South Dakota and Wyoming. The Rocky Mountain Region offers many different types of world-class recreational opportunities, year-round.
When you move your cursor over a state below, a filled-in map outline will appear. Click on the map outline to visit that state's Recreation Information Map webpage, which will open in a new window. From there you can select Recreation Information webpages for individual national forests and grasslands.
US Forest Service Maps and Recreation Passes Now Available at the PLIC!
The public has a new walk-in location to view and/or purchase US Forest Service Visitor Information maps and Inter-Agency Recreation passes, the Public Lands Information Center (PLIC)! The PLIC is located within the Public Room of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Colorado State Office at 2850 Youngfield Street, in Lakewood, Colorado, 303-239-3600. To view information regarding what all is available, click on the PLIC!
Know Before You Fly! New FAA Drone Rules Go Into Effect!
New rules governing the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on National Forest System lands went into effect during 2015. The US Forest Service is highly interested in new technologies and believes there is potential to use Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to support a host of natural resource management activities, including forest health protection, wildfire suppression, research, recreational impacts, and law enforcement.
The agency has been exploring the potential to use UAS for several years, and it has tested different UAS platforms during wildfires, prescribed fires, and in other natural resource management settings. Individuals and organizations that fly UAS on National Forest System lands must follow FAA guidance – FAA guidance stipulates that UAS not interfere with manned aircraft, be flown within sight of the operator and be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. For more information regarding flying UAS on National Forest System lands:
Regional Winter Recreation Opportunities
Now available for winter recreation enthusiasts is the Rocky Mountain Region's Winter Recreation Opportunities website. The site is a great way for the public to find the many types of winter recreation opportunities available within our Region. Just click on this Winter Recreation Opportunities link, or the picture to the left, and you will be able to find information about the most popular winter recreation activities.
Get Ready! Camping Season is Just Around the Corner!
It's time to start thinking about where you want to go camping this summer, so check out our Rocky Mountain Region Camping Overview Information webpage. You can find all the information you will need regarding any type of camping you want to do. It's never too early to start thinking about making campground reservations, so check out the Recreation.gov website to reserve your favorite campsites! If your idea of camping is inside a nice warm cabin or fire overlook, you can check out our Historic Cabin and Fire Overlook Rentals page. To see where all of our campgrounds are located you can view any of our National Forest or Grassland Visitor Maps by visiting Maps & Publications.
Archaeological Heritage of Colorado’s Ute Tribe Part of National Forests’ History in Rocky Mountain Region
There are small piles of fallen wooden timbers on national forests in the Rocky Mountain Region that tell a story of the area’s past. They are part of aboriginal wooden structures known as wickiups, a conical-shaped dwelling used by native people. The relics are part of the tribe’s legacy of living on these lands and are a part of the cultural history on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison (GMUG), Rio Grande, San Juan and White River National Forests. Click on the photo to the left to view an interesting blog that describes the history of these wickiups.
Don't Move Firewood! and Learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and other Invasive Species!
Tree-killing insects and diseases can lurk in firewood. These insects and diseases can't move far on their own, but when people move firewood they can jump hundreds of miles. New infestations destroy our forests, property values, and cost huge sums of money to control. For more information on how invasive species and diseases they can carry can hitch free rides to new areas via firewood, please visit the Don't Move Firewood website.
Since its accidental introduction from Asia, emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), has killed millions of ash trees in North America. As it continues to spread, it could functionally exterminate ash with devastating economic and ecological impacts. Little was known about EAB when it was first discovered in North America in 2002, but substantial advances in understanding of EAB biology, ecology, and management have occurred since. EAB was first discovered in Colorado during the fall of 2013. For more information on EAB and other potentially devastating Invasive Species, please visit the EAB website.
Watch Out! Trees are Still Falling Without Warning!
Safety of visitors is the number one concern of the US Forest Service. An effect of the on-going Mountain Pine Beetle infestation throughout our Region is the danger of beetle-killed trees falling, not only in developed campgrounds, but throughout the forests along backcountry hiking trails and roads, as well. On the campground information pages of forests and grasslands within our Region you will find which campgrounds will be closed for the summer, along with those that will have delayed openings or early closings, while hazard trees are removed. For more information regarding campgrounds, visit the Camping Overview webpage. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this situation may cause.