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OFFICES - Our virtual offices are staffed to provide visitor information. The phone #s and hours are on the left side of this page.

CHECK CURRENT CONDITIONS/STATUS - Check out our Current Conditions web page for the status of campgrounds, roads, facilities, weather, fire, forest closure orders and other regulations.

FOREST ACCESS – Check out the maps below for Forest System lands, roads and trails that are open if accessible depending on the weather.

  • Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM). Find out where you can legally operate your vehicle.
  • SNOWMOBILE - Silver Bear snowmobile track is not being maintained or groomed during the 2020-2021 winter recreation season, due to Covid-19. Please recreate responsibly, and travel at your own risk.
  • ROAD CLOSURES - Annual dirt road closure is in effect beginning January 1, 2021. For more information click here.
  • DISPERSED CAMPING - To learn more about dispersed camping please check out the recreational guide here.

DAY USE – Day Use facilities, such as picnic areas and trailheads, are open if accessible except for those facilities that are co-located with a campground that is closed for the season. 

TARGET SHOOTING - Allowed on the Eldorado National Forests. Please shoot responsibily; review the Firearms Use guide and be aware of property boundaries.

CAMPFIRE PERMITS - Campfire permits are required even in the winter for the use of open fires, such as wood (campfire), barbecues (charcoal) and portable stoves (gas) on federally managed lands. A campfire permit does not give a person permission to access or camp on National Forest or private lands.

Popular Recreation Activities

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We have more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!

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Whitebark Pine

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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list Whitebark pine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Populations have been declining across much of its range in the West from several stressors, including white pine blister rust, mountain pine beetles, altered wildfire patterns, and climate change. Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a keystone species found in high elevation subalpine forests.

View proposed listing and leave a comment during the open comment period.

COVID19 Information and Links

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Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 Pandemic is very important. This page contains the links to related documents and websites for the Eldorado NF, federal, state and local governments that pertain to this forest.


El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee

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New members have been appointed to the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). We look forward to working with the RAC and the community on a new set of conservation projects soon.

Facility Construction Activities 2020

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Anyone planning a trip to the forest this summer is urged to check the status of recreation facilities and know what areas will be closed before entering the forest. 


Caples Ecological Restoration Project

The Forest Service is conducting prescribed burning, aspen enhancement, and meadow restoration activities within the Caples Creek Watershed on the Placerville and Amador Ranger Districts.

What are our Nature's Benefits?

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The natural forest infrastructure provides multiple Nature's Benefits to people, plants, animals, and habitat. Find out how the Eldorado positively impacts your daily life!

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