Hunting: Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Check our Flood Recovery page for closure details related to the 2013 Flood.

Many opportunities for hunting exist on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, located predominately in Larimer County. Portions of Game Management Units 7, 8, 19, 20 and 191 are located on the district.

Closure Information

There are occassionally projects and incidents that require closures of some areas frequented by hunters. Please continue to check this page for the latest information. Many of the district's roads close on or before December 1 for wildlife habitat protection and erosion prevention. Foot traffic is allowed on those seasonally closed roads.

Prescribed Fire

In Fall 2018, multiple prescribed burns are planned on Canyon Lakes Ranger District. The Pingree Hill , Bighorn Sheep and Elkhorn Prescribed Burns are located north of Highway 14, near Rustic. The Red Feather Prescribed Burn is located north of Red Feather Lakes. Although no closures are in place, it is important to know that these burns could be taking place during hunting season.


  • If using an outfitters/guide on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, make sure they are permitted to operate on National Forest System lands. Check our website for a list of those authorized.
  • The mountain pine beetle epidemic has impacted thousands of acres of the Canyon Lakes Ranger District. Check our safety information online. Remember your safety is your responsibility.
  • Please remember if you are in a designated wilderness area, do not use mechanized or motorized equipment.
  • The Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages hunting activities in the State of Colorado.
  • Make sure to know where you are when heading out into the forest. There is a great deal of private land intermixed with public lands. Check our maps page for more information.
  • On the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, stands and game cameras are allowed as long as they are not nailed or bolted into trees.
  • Be sure to check for fire restrictions before heading out and, if allowed, you campfire is cold to the touch before leaving it.


Contact Visitor Information Services for help planning your hunting trip or order a map with private lands identified.

Contact public affairs for information regarding specific closures.

Last updated October 2, 2018.