Welcome to Rio Grande National Forest

A lake provides a mirrored reflection of the mountains and clouds in the blue sky.


Special Notice:

The Forest Service is continuing our mission critical operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety of Forest Service employees and the people we serve is our number one priority. We will consider the guidelines of the CDC as well as state and local health authorities in all of our decisions about how to best provide public services and public lands access during the pandemic.  Follow this link to the Rio Grande National Forest COVID-19 Update Page.

About Rio Grande National Forest

located off FR 332The 1.83 million acre Rio Grande National Forest is located in southcentral Colorado and remains one of the true undiscovered jewels of Colorado. The Rio Grande river begins its 1800 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico high up in the San Juan Mountains in the western most part of the forest. The forest encompasses a myriad of ecosystems ranging from high elevation desert at 7600 feet above sea level to rocky crags at over 14,300 feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Portions of four Wilderness areas make up almost a fourth of the forest. Read more about the forest.

Rio Grande National Forest to begin operating under new Land Management Plan

Fall colorsOn Monday, May 11, 2020, Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas signed the Record of Decision to begin using the new land management plan (LMP) that spent more than 4 years in development. On May 18, 2020, an erratum was issued to correct an error on page 35 of the Record of Decision. The LMP provides management guidance across the 1.8 million-acre Rio Grande National Forest for the next 10 to 15 years. Learn more about the Rio Grande National Forest Land Management Plan.