Geospatial Data

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data

The Rio Grande National Forest provides GIS data to the public. Most data is available through the Forest Service Enterprise Data Warehouse.

Data collected and managed by Forest Service programs is available in a map service and two downloadable file formats – in a shape file and an ESRI file geodatabase. Download National Datasets.

View Land Status data using the Land Status and Encumbrance map viewer


These products are reproduced from geospatial information prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. By removing the contents of this package or taking receipt of these files via electronic file-transfer methods, you understand that the data stored on this media are in draft condition. Represented features may not be in an accurate geographic location. The Forest Service makes no expressed or implied warranty, including warranty of merchantability and fitness, with respect to the character, function, or capabilities of the data or their appropriateness for any user's purposes. The Forest Service reserves the right to correct, update, modify, remove, or replace this geospatial information without notification.

Available GIS Data not found on the above sites

Please note: These GIS data are being maintained and may change at any time. Some of maintenance includes realignment to match updated and improved land ownership boundaries.
Data format is; ESRI ArcGIS 10.3 file geodatabase (.gdb)
Datum: UTM, NAD 83, Zone 13

Existing Vegetation -

Currently being updated. Soon to be available through the Geodata Clearing house link above.

Forest Management Areas -

1996 Forest Plan prescriptions.

Forest Plan Revision -

Below are zipped files for the following GIS shapefiles (alternative B Modified is the preferred alternative):”

  1. Geographic Areas (Alternatives B and D)
  2. Management Areas (Alternatives A-D)
  3. Preferred Alternative Management Areas
  4. Timber Suitability May Be Suitable and (Alternative D)
  5. Timber Suitability Is Suitable (Alternatives A-C)
  6. Preferred Alternative Timber Suitability
  7. Summer ROS (Existing and Desired Alts B-D)
  8. OSV Suitability (Alternatives A-D)

Range -

Soon to be available through the Geodata Clearing house link above

Timber Management -

Conejos Peak Ranger District

Fuels Treatment Areas All Action Alternatives
Project Boundary
Salvage Areas Alternative 2
Salvage Areas Alternative 3 draft

Cow Camps

Current Sales


Transportation Final

Existing Temporary Roads Alternative 2
Existing Temporary Roads Alternative 3
New Temporary Roads Alternative 2
New Temporary Roads Alternative 3
National Forest Service Roads Alternative 2
National Forest Service Roads Alternative 3

Wildlife -

Lynx Habitat and Analysis Units-currently being updated, updates will be posted after vegetation layer updates have been completed for winter 2015/16.
For more information please contact Randy Ghormley, Rio Grande NF Biologist, (719) 852-6243.

Wildlife habitat and Hunting Units can be found at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

GIS Contacts

Contact the Rio Grande National Forest at
1803 W. Highway 160
Monte Vista, CO, 81144
Phone: (719) 852-5941