Norwood Ranger District


About Our Ranger District

Picture of the Norwood Office.

The Norwood Ranger District includes the western edge of the San Juan Mountains and the southwest quadrant of the Uncompahgre Plateau. The setting is one that that almost takes you back in time. The largest portion of the district is in San Miguel County, where franchise shopping and fast food remain absent. Though San Miguel County covers 1,287 miles there are no stop lights and the only traffic you’re likely to run into is when ranchers are moving their cattle. If you’re looking for peace and a laid back lifestyle visit the Norwood Ranger District, guaranteed to not disappoint.




Photo of Bridal Veil Falls  near Telluride in the winter.

The recreation possibilities are vast. In the summer there is hiking, climbing, biking, four-wheeling, camping and fishing. The Norwood Ranger District has 244 miles of trails, of which 182 are non-motorized and 62 are motorized. In addition, there are over 30 miles of jeep roads, offering challenging four-wheeling over Ophir, Black Bear, and Imogene Passes.  Winter sports include hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing at nearby Miramonte Reservoir. Over 70% of the Telluride Ski Area, a world class resort, is on National Forest Systems lands. This ski area offers skiing and snowboarding opportunities for all ages and abilities in one of the most beautiful settings in the West.



A Working Forest...

Forest employee leading a horse pack train with mountains in the backgroung.

The Norwood Ranger District is a working forest. It supports the local community and industry, as well as relies on them for equipment, infrastructure, and stewardship. Timber products are manufactured both locally and regionally.  Over 8,000 head of cattle graze the National Forest annually. Outfitter guides provide valuable services for outdoor experiences. Backcountry roads provide access for small business projects and to remote hunting camps.