South Park Ranger District

Map of the District

McCurdy Park Rock Formations


P.O. Box 219, 320 Hwy 285
Fairplay, CO 80440
Phone (719) 836-2031
Fax (719) 836-3875

Located on the northwest corner of US Highway 285 and Colorado Highway 9, at the only stoplight in Fairplay.


Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The South Park Ranger District consists of 456,599 acres mostly located in Park County with a small portion of the district located in Teller County. The district office is located in Fairplay, Colorado. The main highways through the district include Highway 285 south of Kenosha Pass to Trout Creek Pass and Highway 24 from Florissant, Colorado, to its intersection with Highway 285 at Trout Creek Pass. The district ranges in elevation from 7,100 to 14,285 feet, offers splendid scenic beauty, numerous recreational opportunities, timber, grazing, and minerals.

**South Park Spring Transplant Program**

The South Park Ranger District transplant program is an excellent opportunity for you to plant trees in your yard and add some greenery to your community.  The program runs from March 18 - May 31, 2019.

A tree’s chance for survival is greatly increased if its new home is very similar to its old home.  By digging transplants on National Forest lands you can stay close to home for your planting stock.  At $20.00 per tree, the price is very reasonable, especially compared to buying transplants from a nursery.

Specific spring transplant program details can be found HERE.

If you'd like to participate in the program, you can download the Order Form HERE.



Aurora Water is expecting to conduct maintenance work at the Jefferson Lake Dam during the Fall of 2019.  Visitors should be prepared for lower water levels at the lake during the 2019 season. Work should begin mid-August and is expected to be completed by November. 



National Forest System lands South of County Road 22, east of Rough and Tumble Trail (NFST 617), the panhandle of Buffalo Peaks Wilderness on the east side, north of Salt Creek, and west of US Highway 285 are CLOSED in the Weston Pass Fire Burn Area ("Restricted Area").  In addition, the following National Forest System Roads (NFSRs) are RESTRICTED and CLOSED until further notice:  155, 156, 158, 168, 431, 432, 433, 434, and 442.   Per Forest Service Regulations (16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 (a & b), you are PROHIBITED from being on a Restricted Road (36 CFR 261.54 (e)) and from going into or being upon the Restricted Area (36 CFR 261.53(e)).

A map of the Restricted Area can be found HERE.  The Updated Weston Pass Fire Closure Order 2019-017 is HERE.


**Personal Use Fuelwood Price Increases on Pike National Forest.**

South Park Ranger District has decked fuelwood for permitted firewood cutting near Round Mountain Campground (see attached map). Please call South Park Ranger District at (719) 836-2031 for details to obtain firewood permits or download the form HERE.


**Confused by Forest Service Travel Management???**

Many of you may have noticed an increasing number of seasonal gate closures across the Pike National Forest in the past couple of years.  While some may see these closures as arbitrary and capricious, it is important to note that these closures are in place for several reasons.  Some important things to keep in mind regarding closures include:

Additional information regarding Forest Service Travel Managment and Seasonal Closures.


**Forest Service Road 659 in Beaver Creek and 669 in Crooked Creek are closed to all Off Highway Vehicles including ATV’s, UTV’s, and motorcycles that do not have a state license plate.  This closure has been in effect since 2010.**


***South Park Ranger District campgrounds are CLOSED***

All campgrounds on the South Park Ranger District are open for the season.  See the Recreation Tab for more information. 


**Badger Gulch fuels management work may begin in March 2019**

The Badger Gulch project is located approximately 6.5 miles NW of Lake George, CO in all or portions of sections 34 and 35 T11S, R72W; 6th PM and sections 1, 2, and 3 T12S, R72W; 6th PM Park County, Colorado, on the Pike San Isabel National Forest, administered by the South Park Ranger District. The project is bordered to the east by NFSR 225 and dissected by NFSR 291 and 291.A.  A contract map showing project location and access, a brief location description, and other information regarding specific items can be found by clicking HERE


Prescribed Fire Information

Prescribed fire information on the South Park Ranger District

  • Seasonal Closures are temporary.  Generally they are only in effect from January 1 to June 15 (with some exceptions).  
  • Many Seasonal Closures have been in place for years; however, they may or may not have been adequately signed and/or gated in the past.
  • Seasonal Closures offer protection for big game species during the times of year when they are expecting the most stress (wintering and calving seasons).
  • Many Seasonal Closures were forced due to a lawsuit settlement in which the Forest Service was sued.
  • Seasonal Closures protect roads from damage during the mud season and spring runoff.