About the Area

The Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands is more than three million acres from the prairies of southwestern Kansas to some of Colorado's highest mountain peaks along the Continental Divide. These sprawling forests and grasslands are an eight hour drive from boundary to boundary. This landscape offers a variety of ecosystems rich in history, geology, scenery, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.


We lead in the conservation and wise use of the nation’s forests and grasslands. To carry out this mission, the USDA Forest Service is organized into three areas: the National Forest System, Research, and State and Private Forestry. As part of the National Forest System, the Rocky Mountain Region enjoys a proud heritage in the Forest Service.


Forest and Grassland Supervisor Diana Trujillo

Deputy Forest and Grassland Supervisor Jim Pitts



  • Cimarron National Grassland

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    District Ranger Dannette Jones

    The Cimarron National Grassland manages about 108,175 acres in Morton and Stevens counties in southwestern Kansas. It is the state's largest area of public land and the only parcel managed by the Forest Service. The elevation ranges from 3,150 to 3,540 feet. 

  • Comanche National Grassland

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    District Ranger John Linn

    The district manages more than 440,000 acres in southeastern Colorado including the nation's largest Dinosaur Tracksite. The Comanche National Grassland is a place of unequaled sunsets, golden prairies, fragrant juniper canyonlands, and extraordinary wildlife viewing. 

  • Leadville Ranger District

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    District Ranger Pat Mercer

    The Ski Cooper Ski Area at Tennessee Pass is in the northern part of the district, Fremont Pass is in the northeastern part, Headwaters of the Arkansas River can be accessed from the east and Independence Pass can be accessed from the west.

  • Pikes Peak Ranger District 

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    District Ranger Carl Bauer

    An urban district in Colorado’s second largest city with a population of approximately 500,000 in the metro area. The District office is in Colorado Springs and hosts about six million visitors annually. It is also the home of the purple mountain majesty known as Pikes Peak.

  • Salida Ranger District

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    District Ranger Perry Edwards

    The district encompasses more than 440,000 acres of public lands and is central Colorado near the towns of Salida, Buena Vista and Poncha Springs. The Salida Ranger District works closely with partners to accomplish great work on the land.

  • San Carlos Ranger District

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    District Ranger Destiny Chapman

    San Carlos Ranger District is 50 miles wide and 110 miles long from central Colorado to the Southern boarder. The district manages about 400,000 acres of National Forest in Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Pueblo, Las Animas and Costilla counties.

  • South Park Ranger District

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    District Ranger Josh Voorhis

    South Park Ranger District manages more than 500,000 acres in Park and Teller Counties. The district office is in Fairplay, Colorado with a work enter in Lake George, Colo. The district ranges in elevation from 7,100 to 14,285 feet. Though a little further to travel for recreation in central Colo., the district host 14,000 foot peaks on the Front Range.

  • South Platte Ranger District

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    District Ranger Brian Banks

    This is an urban district adjacent to Denver, Colo., with alomost three million people living in the metro area. The South Platte is popular with OHV riders and people who enjoy camping and spending time on the lake. You can also climb up to the Devils Head Lookout tower and learn about how the Forest Service still spots wildfires on the Front Range.