Rocky Mountain Region COVID-19 Updates

The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. Visitors to our National Forests and Grasslands are urged to take the precautions. There are three official, government-wide sources of up-to-date information about the coronavirus: Coronavirus.govCDC.gov/coronavirus, and USA.gov/coronavirus.

We Are Still Here to Serve You

Offices and visitors are closed temporarily to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak. Virtual services are available. Please contact your local forest or grassland for more information. For Regional Office assistance, please call 303-275-5350 or email us

Recreation Facility/Activity Status Update

The Rocky Mountain Region, national forests and grasslands across Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, has implemented changes to recreation facilities and activities to minimize the impact and spread of COVID-19. On Tuesday, April 7, Acting Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien announced and signed an order to close developed recreation sites temporarily to align with local, state and federal orders and guidelines to protect public health and safety. For facilities and activities update by forest or grassland, please see the list of forests and grasslands or the Interactive Visitor Map.

Fire Restrictions

On Tuesday, April 7, Acting Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien also announced and signed an order to implement fire restrictions within the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region. Protecting and keeping employees, the public, and our communities safe from the virus and unwanted human-caused wildfires is our number one priority. USDA Forest Service officials are taking the necessary steps to ensure first responders are available to safely respond and manage incidents. These fire restrictions will prevent the drawdown of fire and medical resources to unwanted human-caused wildfires and reduce firefighter exposure to COVID-19 during the current pandemic.

Protect Yourself and Your Community

Safety is a priority. Before heading outdoors, forests and grassland visitors are encouraged to:

  • Plan ahead and Know Before You Go. Check local conditions before heading outdoors. Visitors should be aware of state, county and local health restrictions that may prohibit some activities or prohibit visiting some areas on public lands. Visitors are encouraged to check with their local forests and grassland office before heading outdoors.
  • Follow guidance and orders. Take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and county, city and state public health authorities.  
  • Practice social distancing. Avoid crowding at trailheads, scenic overlooks, parking lots and other areas. If a recreation spot is crowded, look for a less crowded spot. Maintain a 6-ft. physical distance from others.
  • Be cautious. Avoid high risk or backcountry activities that may increase your chance of injury or distress. Law enforcement, medical service and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 response efforts.
  • Prepare for limited services. All restroom facilities are closed. Visitors are encouraged to take their trash with them when they leave.  Follow Leave No Trace Principles, particularly when dealing with human waste.
  • Keep pets on a leash. 




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