Closure Area on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District Extends North

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman


Fort Collins, Colo., October 1, 2020 – Due to fire activity on both the Cameron Peak Fire burning in the northwest portion of Larimer County, and the Mullen Fire, burning across the Colorado/Wyoming border, the closure order on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest is expanding to the north. The general area now closed is all National Forest System lands west of the National Forest boundary (except the lower Poudre Canyon); east of the Colorado State Forest State Park; south of the Colorado state line; and north of Rocky Mountain Park (see map). Details of the updated closure and a map are available on our website.

This closure impacts numerous recreation sites, including many trails, trailheads, and Forest Service Roads; a number of boating and fishing sites; and some picnic sites. These are listed on our website. All campgrounds both inside and outside the closure area remain closed. This closure also impacts numerous dispersed areas, often used for hunting this time of year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife have information for impacted hunters available on their website.

This closure is in place for public safety and to support firefighting efforts. These areas are very popular with recreationists but also, in many cases, remote. Roads and trails are greatly interconnected. If evacuations are necessary, it can be difficult to reach people and can take emergency responders a great deal of time to make sure everyone is out safely.

If you need ideas on other locations to recreate, please check our website or check with one of your other local land management agencies for opportunities. It is also important to know that the entire Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland remains under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.

A portion of Highway 14 remains closed. Check the latest with the Colorado Department of Transportation. There are also some closures adjacent to our closure within the State Forest State Park. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented temporary closures in the more remote northern area of the park due to the Cameron Peak Fire. The closure impacts numerous trails and wilderness campsites. Check their website at www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm for details.

If you are looking for information on the Cameron Peak Fire, please check InciWeb. Information on the Mullen Fire can be found on InciWeb as well. Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is your source for evacuation information.

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