Special Places

Over the years, congress has been responsible for designating areas unique for the special characteristics and the opportunities they offer. Within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, there are a number of places that meet this criteria. These areas are also some of our top-rated and most visited locations. 

  • Arapaho National Recreation Area

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    The Arapaho National Recreation Area is in the upper reaches of the Colorado River Valley and was established by Congress in 1978.

  • Cache la Poudre: Wild & Scenic River

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    Explore Colorado’s Only Wild and Scenic River the Cache la Poudre. Recreation opportunities abound along its length.

  • Brainard Lake Recreation Area

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    The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is a popular destination on the Boulder Ranger District for hiking, camping, fishing and more.

  • Mount Blue Sky

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    The Mount Blue Sky Recreation Area offers easy access to Colorado’s inspiring high elevation environment with the highest paved road in the U.S.

  • Wilderness Areas

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    The Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests includes ten Wilderness areas, including Indian Peaks Wilderness, that encompass many of Colorado's beautiful peaks.

  • Santiago Mill

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    Santiago Mill is an increasingly rare example of an early- to mid-20th century American floatation mill.