ARP COVID-19 Update

The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. Visitors to our National Forests and Grasslands are urged to take the precautions. There are three official, government-wide sources of up-to-date information about the coronavirus: Coronavirus.govCDC.gov/coronavirus, and USA.gov/coronavirus.

We Are Still Here to Serve You

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland offices are temporarily closed to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak. Virtual services are available for the following offices and visitor centers.

Call us Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.

To get the Forests and Grassland's COVID-19 updates please visit alerts and notices. The latest recreation information is available on our conditions report.

If you would like to buy recreational passes or maps, please visit https://store.usgs.gov/pass. Be sure to check road status before heading out, as many roads remain seasonally closed.

Find U.S. Forest Service COVID-19 Updates here.

The Forests and Grassland is in Fire Restrictions - These restrictions apply to National Forest System lands even if counties do not have local restrictions.

new online story map provides a one-stop resource for learning about current USDA Forest Service recreation site status updates, alerts, warnings & fire restriction information within the states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota & Wyoming.

Protect Yourself and Your Community

Safety is a priority. Before heading outdoors, forests and grassland visitors are encouraged to:

  • Plan ahead and Know Before You Go. Check local conditions before heading outdoors. Visitors should be aware of state, county and local health restrictions that may prohibit some activities or prohibit visiting some areas on public lands. Visitors are encouraged to check with their local forests and grassland office before heading outdoors.
  • Follow guidance and orders. Take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and county, city and state public health authorities.  
  • Practice social distancing. Avoid crowding at trailheads, scenic overlooks, parking lots and other areas. If a recreation spot is crowded, look for a less crowded spot. Maintain a 6-ft. physical distance from others.
  • Be cautious. Avoid high risk or backcountry activities that may increase your chance of injury or distress. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 response efforts.
  • Prepare for limited services. All restroom facilities are closed on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. Visitors are encouraged to take their trash with them when they leave.  Follow Leave No Trace Principles, particularly when dealing with human waste.
  • Keep pets on a leash. 




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