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Rio Grande National Forest

Amazing landscapes with endless recreational opportunities. Explore the headwaters of the Rio Grande!

Recreation Opportunities

The Rio Grande National Forest spans over 1.8 million acres in a forested ring around the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado. From the high peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range to rugged canyons and ancient calderas, the forest offers year-round opportunities for sightseeing and abundant recreational activities. Read more about the forest.

  • Forest Specialist Series

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    In our monthly online Forest Specialist Series, guest speakers from the Forest Service and other experts discuss interesting topics about their work. Topics range from lynx reintroduction efforts to archaeological features, to the best places to recreate in our Forest.