Fire lookout tower high on a rock ridge.


Our mission is to 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.

The Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands is comprised of two national forests and two national grasslands that (forest locator map) cover nearly 3 million acres, between the prairies of western Kansas and 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.

Forest and Grassland Leadership

Forest and Grassland Supervisor  Diana Trujillo

Deputy Forest and Grassland Supervisor Jim Pitts



Cimarron National Grassland

District Ranger Kevin Taylor

The district manages 108,175 acres in Morton and Stevens Counties in southwestern Kansas.

Comanche National Grassland

District Ranger John Linn

The district manages more than 440, 000 acres in southeastern Colorado which includes the nation's largest Dinosaur Tracksite. 

Leadville Ranger District

District Ranger Pat Mercer

The district headquarters is in Leadville, Colorado (10,152 ft). The Ski Cooper Ski Area at Tennessee Pass (10,425 ft) is in the northern part of the district; Fremont Pass (11,300 ft) is in the northeastern part of the district; Mosquito Pass (13,186 ft) is in the eastern part of the district; and Independence Pass (12,100 ft.) is in the western part of the district. 

Pikes Peak Ranger District

District Ranger Oscar Martinez

The district is an urban district in Colorado Springs with a population of approximately 500,000 in the metro area and about six million visitors annually.

Salida Ranger District

Acting District Ranger Angie Krall

The district manages more than 440,000 acres of public lands and is in the central part of Colorado near the towns of Salida, Buena Vista and Poncha Springs.

San Carlos Ranger District

District Ranger Destiny Chapman

The district manages about 400,000 acres in the southern part of the PSICC with an area 50 miles wide and 110 miles long across Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Pueblo, Las Animas and Costilla counties.

South Park Ranger District

District Ranger Josh Voorhis

The district manages 540,296 acres ranging in elevation from 7,100 to 14,285 ft mostly in Park and Teller counties. The district office is in Fairplay, Colo., and the work center in Lake George, Colo.  

South Platte Ranger District

District Ranger Brian Banks

The district is an urban district adjacent to the Denver metropolitain area with a population of approximately 1,500,000.


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