Facility & Activity Updates as it relates to COVID-19

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

The Forest Service offices are temporarily closed to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak. All offices on the San Juan National Forest are conducting business and providing services virtually, as well as continuing field patrols.

Please contact local offices for updates and more information. 

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Facility/Activity Status Updates

  • Developed Recreation Sites Updates:
    • Most developed recreation sites are open. Check our Campground Status for up-to-date information.
    • Prepare for limited or no services, such as restroom facilities and garbage collection: Come with all the essentials for a day trip, including food, emergency supplies and resources to pack out trash.
    • All group use campground areas remain closed due to group size limits. 
    • Trails, trailheads and general forest areas will remain accessible for public use.
    • Dispersed camping, hiking and river uses are allowed.‚Äč
    • House Creek Boat Ramp and McPhee Boat Ramp are open.

Fire Restrictions

  • Fire Restrictions are in Effect through 12/2020: San Juan National Forest has Forest Order. 
    • Extends fire restrictions banning campfires, charcoal grills and smoking outside vehicles.
    • 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.

Additional Resources

  • Online Story Map
    • provides a one-stop resource for learning about current USDA Forest Service recreation site status updates, alerts, warnings and fire restriction information within the states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Protect Yourself and Your Community

Safety is a priority. Before heading outdoors, forest 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 forest 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. Enjoy a scenic drive.
  • Be cautious. Avoid high risk or backcountry activities that may increase your chance of injury or distress. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 response efforts.
  • Prepare for limited services. Restroom facilities and trash collection services are limited. If a restroom is open, it may not be maintained or cleaned. 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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