Alerts & Notices

Facility & Activity Status Information: 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

Although Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests & Thunder Basin National Grassland offices are temporarily closed to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak, virtual services are available:

Please contact local offices for updates and more information. 

  • Forest Supervisor's Office & Laramie Ranger District (Laramie, Wyo.): (307) 745-2300
  • Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District (Saratoga, Wyo.): (307) 326-5258
  • ​Douglas Ranger District (Douglas, Wyo.): (307) 358-4690
  • Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District (Steamboat Springs, Colo.): (970) 870-2299
  • Parks Ranger District (Walden, Colo.): (970) 723-2700
  • Yampa Ranger District (Yampa, Colo.): (970) 638-4516

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Facility/Activity Status Updates

Recreation & Access

  • All campgrounds and developed recreation sites will open with a phased approach, based on multiple factors, including coordination with local partners.
  • No fire restrictions are currently in place, however, please follow basic fire safety guidelines.
  • Not all USFS-maintained toilets are available for use. Come prepared with toilet paper and bury your waste away from trails and parking locations or use commercial products to pack it out. Please pack out and throw away dog waste bags.
  • Please be aware of local county or state health regulations that are in place in the area you visit.
  • If you arrive at an access location where no parking is available, please continue to a less crowded area. Do not park on the shoulder of highways.
  • Consider recreating earlier or later when people are less likely to be out or go to a spot where there could be fewer cars and people.
  • Don’t linger around trailheads before or after your trail use to cut down on concentrated use.
  • In locations that are accessible there is often limited ability for social distancing.
  • Motorized access is limited to routes designated on a Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Off-road travel is prohibited. Stay on legal roads/trails per the MVUM. Obtain MVUMs digitally at https://www.avenza.com.
  • Know where you are regarding land ownership and rules. Many areas have mixed land ownership: U.S. Forest Service, state lands, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and private owners. Public access varies with ownership. Obtain maps in advance of your visit.
  • Visit the ‘Leave No Trace’ web site for more tips, https://lnt.org/.
  • Be aware that black bears are on the move and hungry. Visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Wyoming Game & Fish webpages for more information.

One-Stop Resource

An online story map provides a one-stop resource for learning about current USDA Forest Service recreation site status updates, alerts, warnings & fire restriction information within the states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota & 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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