Continental Reservoir Bridge Closure Alert
The bridge on Forest Road 513.1A (the main access to Continental Reservoir) has been closed to ALL full-sized vehicles. Pedestrian, motorcycle, and ATV / Side by Side (SXS) traffic are still allowed. See the full text of the closure order here or scroll to the bottom of the page and follow "Rio Grande NF Special Orders."
Fishing opportunities nearby include Road Canyon and Rio Grande Reservoirs just to the south. Access from road 520 Brown Lakes SWA on the 515 road is also nearby.
There are lots of things happening on the Rio Grande National Forest. Plan ahead and prepare before you head out on the forest. Check out campground and road closures, fire restrictions, logging, and more.
Most of the Rio Grande National Forest Campgrounds are open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, please check the recreation page for a recreation conditions report. Some campgrounds are open year round but vehicle access may be restricted.
Most roads are closed for resource protection March 1 through mid-May. Check the road conditions for the district you will be visiting or call the District Office for information before you depart.
Fire & Emergencies
Check out our fire page for information on fire restrictions, prescribed burns, wildland fires, weather, and other emergencies.
Help us protect our National Forest by recreating responsibly. Knowledge of the area, weather, and limitations of your body can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
Spruce Beetle Epidemic
Many folks visiting the Rio Grande National Forest notice the change in the high elevation forests as literally millions of trees succumbed to the spruce bark beetle. More than 588,000 acres of spruce-fir forest have been infested by spruce beetles since 2002.
Active Logging Areas
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.
Rio Grande National Forest Special Orders
A list of all the Rio Grande National Forest special orders, including wilderness regulations and area and road closures.
Rocky Mountain Region Special Orders
A list of all the Rocky Mountain Region special orders including weed free forage and wilderness regulations.
Restricted access to Continental Reservoir
Date(s): Sep 3, 2021
Regional - Special Orders
A list of Special Orders from the Regional Office located in Denver, CO.
Rio Grande National Forest - Special Orders
A list of all the Rio Grande National Forest special orders, including area & road closures.