Storm Downs Trees in the Red Feather Lakes Area; Impacts Recreation

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman

FORT COLLINS, Colo.– A wind event yesterday damaged and downed more than 200 trees in recreation areas near Red Feather Lakes in the Roosevelt National Forest, closing the Bellaire Lake Campground and Day-use Area, Molly Lake Trailhead, and designated dispersed campsites 6-12 along the Manhattan Road (County Road 69).

The Roosevelt Hotshots, Canyon Lakes Ranger District firefighters, and other district staff are working in the area. Once the trees are cleared (including standing trees that pose a hazard), the trail and dispersed sites will be reopened. Note, just because the trailhead could reopen, the trail itself has not been cleared and hikers may encounter fallen trees. Use extreme caution. A large number of trees are down in the campground, with the back loop of campsites most impacted. Crews are evaluating the extent of the damage. Until this is complete we do not have an anticipated reopening of the campground.

Yesterday’s storm also brought rain to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District. This means there are many muddy areas. Please do your part to not cause additional damage to roads and trails by going around wet areas and creating new paths throughout the forest.

Make safety your top priority when heading into the forest. Remember your safety is your responsibility. Respect all signed closures; follow all regulations; and take precaution in flood damaged and mountain pine beetle impacted areas. Live and dead trees can fall without warning as evidenced by this event. Be sure to know weather conditions before heading out.

A great source of information for those planning a trip to the forest is our visitor information centers. The Fort Collins office, located at 2150 Centre Ave., Building E, is staffed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Arrowhead Visitor Center, located in the Poudre Canyon is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and the Redfeather Visitor Center, located in Red Feather Lakes is regularly staffed Friday through Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is also important to remind visitors we do have a closure in place for many roads and trails due to flood damage. Detailed information can be found online at Additional recreation information is available at on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District’s Twitter account @usfsclrd.