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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.

  • Will your favorite recreation site be closed? SMUD has been making some exciting improvements to recreation sites associated with their license. Check out this page to see what facilities are closed this season for renovation and what has been done in the past few years. 
  • FIRE RESTRICTIONS - Fire restrictions are in effect on June 28. No wood or charcoal fires except in designated developed sites. View Forest Order 03-21-11 to find out about all the restrictions and exemptions.

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

  • ROADS - Please be cautious when recreating in the forest. The forest experienced one or more severe wind events resulting in a huge number of downed trees blocking roads, trails, and damaging facilities all over the forest. Crews are working hard to clear the damage and get these open but that doesn't mean that conditions cannot change after they have been through the area. Drive slowly!
  • HIGHWAY 50 STATUSCaltrans is alerting motorists of reduced lanes on U.S. Highway 50 starting next week as part of an ongoing safety improvement project in the Camino area of El Dorado County.  Starting Monday, June 14, Highway 50 will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the week as work on drainage and the median barrier is being conducted behind k-rail. The k-rail will be removed and the highway back open to four lanes for weekend traffic. This work will start on the west end of the project at Still Meadows Road and the lane reductions are expected to continue through August. See CalTrans Traffic Alert. Go to for current highway information.

DISPERSED CAMPING - To learn more about dispersed camping please check out the recreational guide here.

TARGET SHOOTING - Allowed on the Eldorado National Forest. 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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Timber Offerings

The Trident Fire Salvage sale documents are available for viewing.


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2021 Blowdown - "Why are there so many trees on the ground?" 


Great American Outdoors Act

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The Great American Outdoors Act enables federal land managers to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests.

El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee

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The El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is active. We look forward to working with the RAC and the community on a new set of conservation projects.


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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