Eldorado National Forest

Your Gateway to the Sierra!

Come discover, explore, and enjoy your Eldorado National Forest.

Your Adventure Awaits!

Caldor Fire Area Information

Caldor Fire Area: Several recreation sites have reopened within the Caldor fire area as reflected in a new Caldor closure order.  Forest Order 03-22-09 addresses closures to specific developed recreation sites, roads, and trails as of  May 28, 2022. Please view before venturing into the forest. This essentially opens the area to normal access and activities appropriate for the time of year and forest conditions.

  • Recreating in a post-fire area carries a number of hazards and dangers. We recommend checking out other areas in the forest outside the Caldor Fire area for your recreation activities.


  • Fire Restrictions are in effect. See Forest Order 03-22-14.
  • Desolation Wilderness food and refuse storage canisters restriction begins July 18, 2022.


Thousands of visitors are drawn each year to the Eldorado National Forest’s rivers, lakes, and streams alive with fish; mountains and meadows for alpine and nordic skiing; campsites and picnic areas in alpine backcountry and dense forests. Four hundred miles of hiking trails pass through all kinds of terrain, from gentle oak foothills on the west to the 10,000-foot crest of the Sierra Nevada. Two major highways - Highway 50 and Highway 88 - run through the Forest, making it an easy drive from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Forest Service is committed to nurturing and managing the National Forests in order to ensure the health of the land. As we respectfully use and play in these precious public lands, we are taking part in a shared vision for the future.

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Caldor Fire Recovery

Recovery after a major wildfire is a long term process. The first steps involve repairing areas damaged by fire suppression, and mitigating safety hazards such as fire weakened trees, burning stump holes, damaged utilities, and hazmat concerns. Recovery also includes the Burned Area Emergency Response, information on access to recreation residences and the forest, debris cleanup, the rebuilding process for recreation residences, and future Caldor Fire restoration and management activities.

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