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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 - The annual dirt road closure lifted on April 1, 2021, however many roads still have snow and snow drifts on them and are not accessible.
  • 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.

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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. 


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Check out "A Splendid Life: The Gilbert Anderson Ward obituary. Remembering a long time District Ranger" 


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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