Alerts & Notices

Current Conditions

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving. Learn more about Rio Grande National Forest COVID-19 Response

Active Logging Areas

The Rio Grande National Forest, like all national forests, is managed for multiple uses including cutting trees for the production of wood products. The Forest provides information concerning the location of active timber sales for visitor safety and improved hunting experiences. As a reminder, firewood gathering is not allowed in active timber sale areas.

Campground Status

Most of the Rio Grande National Forest Campgrounds are open Memorial Weekend to Labor Day, please check the recreation page for recreation conditions report. View a list of campgrounds on the forest.

Fires & Emergencies

The Rio Grande National Forest is currently in fire restrictions. Follow for more information.

When prescribed burns, wildland fires, and weather and road emergencies occur, check our fire page for up-to-date information. View a national map of current fire incidents online at InciWeb.

Restrictions & Notices

The Regional Forester and Forest Supervisor have issued orders that restrict or close the use of certain areas. Always contact or visit the nearest Forest Service Office while at Rio Grande National Forest to learn more about any closures that are currently in effect.


Most roads are closed for resource protection March 1 through mid-May. Don't be delayed on the road! Check the road conditions for the district you will be visiting,  or call the District Office for information before you depart.


The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for your trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, and limitations of your body can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. View safety tips.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic

Many folks visiting the Rio Grande National Forest are noticing a big change in the high elevation forests as literally millions of trees are succumbing to the spruce bark beetle. More than 588,000 acres of spruce-fir forest have been infested by spruce beetle since 2002 and the beetles are continuing to spread. 


  • Dorsey Creek Road and Game Retrieval closure
  • Campgrounds & Roads Closed Due to High Water & Snow
  • Forest Plan Updates - May 18, 2020


Public Notices

Regional - Special Notices

A list of Special Orders from the Regional Office located in Denver, CO.

Rio Grande National Forest - Special Orders

A list of all of the Rio Grande National Forest special orders, including area & road closures.