Find information on current and proposed projects for watershed restoration, habitat improvement, recreation sites, timber sales, roads, and more.

Four times a year, the forest publishes a Schedule Of Proposed Actions (SOPA).


Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Project Spotlights

Sheep Mountain Management Project

The Forest Service is proposing to implement changes to some of the existing National Forest System Trails (NFST) and National Forest System Roads (NFSR) within the Sheep Mountain Management Project Area to support sustainable recreation practices.

Pike & San Isabel National Forests Motorized Travel Management (MVUM) Analysis

Analysis of roads, rails, and areas on the Pike and San Isabel National Forest

All Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.

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Developing Proposal

2015 Pike and San Isabel National Forests Special Use Authorization Permit Renewals CE

Special use authroization renewals for the San Carlos, Pikes Peak, Leadville, South Park and South Platte Ranger Districts.

Adaptive Integrated Management and Stewardship of Target Shooting on the Pike National Forest

The AIMS of Target Shooting project will establish an adaptive framework to manage the opportunities for and effects of target shooting (recreational sport shooting) on the Pike National Forest.

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative Cabin Cove Permit

Cabin Cove (aka Gunderman) Cabin, built in the 1950's has a large maintenance backlog. The proposal is to place the cabin, garage and 4.9 acres of adjacent land under a Granger-Thye Special Use Permit to CFI for the maximum term.

Episcopal Camp & Conference Center Ministries of Colorado (Cathedral Ridge Camp) road permit.

Special Use Permit Amendment to add 452 feet of road to an existing road permit.

Lake Isabel Trails

The FS and proponents will evaluate the existing trails at Lake Isabel to improve ADA accessibility, add trails to the designated trail system, and repair existing trails and trail structures including bridges, retaining walls and fishing piers.

OBrien Prescribed Burns Project

Conduct prescribed burning within 7300 acres on the South Park Ranger District to reduce fuels, improve habitat, and connect past treatment areas.

Yucca Creek Limited Cooperative Association requests a driveway special use permit through NF.

Proposal to issue a private road permit for an existing unauthorized driveway to access private land. Road length is approximately 884 feet.

Under Analysis

Baker Creek Connector Trail

Construct a new 520' trail from the Baker Creek Trail (NFST 1301) to the Cuchara Mountain Park. The Cuchara Mountain Park will connect the trail to their public parking area.

Black Hills Energy, Inc.

Reissuance of a Special Use Permit SAN400901 for a power transmission line

Colorado Powersports Rentals and Sales Priority Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit

Proposal to issue a new 10-year priority outfitter/guide permit to Colorado Powersports Rentals and Sales for 1,120 guided OHV tours and 1,680 OHV rental deliveries annually on Forest Service system roads in the Rainbow Falls and North Divide areas

Cuchara Hazardous Fuels Reduction

Vegetation treatments are proposed on approximately 3,000 acres of National Forest System Lands in the Spanish Peaks area to reduce hazardous fuels, create a more open forest structure & create fuel breaks near private lands and infrastructure.

Decker Fire Closure Order Modification

There is a need to modify the current Forest Order due to potentially hazardous post-fire conditions. The modification would be to allow limited access on NFSR 101 and 108,and, prohibit camping in the fire area.

East - Central Wet Mountain

Conduct Fuels and Vegetation Treatments - Designed to reduce the threat of high intensity fire and restore forest conditions.

Jennie June RUA Special Use Authorization

The Jennie June Road Users Association have requested a special use authorization for use and maintenance of a road and winter access route on NFS Lands in order to access private property. The proposal is in Colorado Roadless Areas.

Methodist Mountain Vegetation Treatment

Conifer thinning & removal through mechanical treatments & prescribed burning is proposed in order to 1)diversify forest structure, 2)improve forest & watershed health, 3)improve winter range, and 4)reduce the risk of large wildfires near Salida, CO.

Monarch Park Nordic Trails

Due to increasing demand for winter recreation activities, the FS proposes to develop up to 5 miles of marked ski trails for cross country & skate skiing, snowshoeing, & fat-tire biking in the headwaters of Monarch Park near Monarch Pass.

Mt. Princeton Trail Reroute

The project would construct 0.5 miles of new, rerouted trail in order to provide an environmentally sustainable and well-defined route to Mt. Princeton. The proposal includes 0.5 miles of user-created trail obliteration and rehabilitation.

Mt. Shavano Trail Re-Routes

Trail #1428 provides hikers with access to the summits of Mt. Shavano and Tabeguache Peak. This project is needed due to trail widening, erosion, and braiding high rec use and user-created routes causing impacts to alpine plants and soils.

National Forest System Road (NFSR) 390 Reroute

A portion of NFSR 390 was damaged by spring 2019 runoff leaving the road unsafe for two-way vehicle travel. The FS proposes to reroute approx. 0.2 miles of road, install culverts and erosion control where needed in order to provide safe access.

North Elk Creek Trail (Phase II)

To improve non-motorized trail connectivity and access to National Forest System lands adjacent to Staunton State Park. Phase I of the North Elk Creek trail was completed in 2018. Phase II seeks to complete the lower segment of this trail.

Oro Vista Mine

The Leadville RD is considering a request for approval of a Mine Plan of Operations to implement exploration and mining activities on NFS lands. The proposal includes one-acre of suction dredging and hand-auger drilling to be reclaimed at season end.

Pike & San Isabel National Forests Motorized Travel Management (MVUM) Analysis

Analysis of roads, rails, and areas on the Pike and San Isabel National Forest

Rainbow Trail Reroute

A portion of the Rainbow Trail was damaged by flooding & erosion caused by post-Hayden Pass Fire conditions. The FS proposes to reroute 2.5 miles of trail between Rattlesnake & Battle Mountain within the Pole Gulch drainage.

Salida Communications Facilities Special Use Permit Reissuances

There is a need to comply with agency policy, congressional statues & executive orders by providing communication services. The FS proposes to issue new SUPs for operation/maintenance of existing communication uses w/ no new proposed uses/facilities.

Sheep Mountain Management Project

The Forest Service is proposing to implement changes to some of the existing National Forest System Trails (NFST) and National Forest System Roads (NFSR) within the Sheep Mountain Management Project Area to support sustainable recreation practices.

South Fooses Colorado Trail (1776) Reroute

This proposal is for reconstruction of 2.25 miles of the CT to address resource concerns. This project was originally published on 4/1/2016; priorities shifted & it was removed in 2018. Planning has continued so implementation may occur in FY19-20.

Special Use Authorizations for Water Transmission: Hartner Ditch No.1, Spring Creek Ditch

Requests were received by private parties for two SUAs for use & maintenance of water transmission ditches and ancillary structures (parshall flumes, headgates, gravity-fed ditch) on NFS lands.

SUA Amendment - Deer Peak Communication Site, Cellular Inc. Network Corp dba Verizon Wireless

The proposed amendment would authorize removal of an existing propane generator & storage tank. It would also authorize the installation of a new generator building, generator, fuel tank & electric line in the same disturbance footprint.

Tennessee Pass Nordic Center Snowmobile Access Route

The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center (TPNC) uses snowmobiles for access and to groom trails on NFS Lands through a special use permit. TPNC proposes to clear trees to create a 1 mile, over-the-snow (no summer use) trail to access their developed sites.

The Broadmoor Hotel and Emerald Valley Ranch 10-Year Priority Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit

Issue 10-year priority outfitter and guide permit for 800 guided hikes and 1,800 trail rides annually on trails near Emerald Valley Ranch and Old Stage Road, add use of 2 1/2 mile non-system trail, and reroute and add 1 1/4 mile of a non-system trail

Threemile Creek Vegetation Management

The purpose of this project is to mimic the natural fire return interval in warm, dry mixed conifer and aspen stands in order to maintain forest health, enhance wildlife habitat, and promote fire resilient forests.

Analysis Completed

2015 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Special Use Authorization

Classic Bicycle Racing LLC makes temporary use of NFS lands during 4 of the total 7 stages on four National Forests within Colorado for ancillary facilities such as staging areas with portable toilets, signs, barricades, message boards, and filming.

Human Potential LLC Rainbow Trail Foot Race

An organized foot race (50 mile, 50K and a 100K) on the Rainbow trail between the Grape Creek TH and on Hermit Pass Road.

Lake George Area Fuels Management project

The objective is primarily hazardous fuels mitigation through prescribed burning and mechanical thinning. Most locations involve WUI. Other benefits may include firewood generation, minor commercial forest products, and wildlife habitat improvements.

Marshall Pass Vegetation Management Project

Salvage dead beetle-killed spruce and create openings in lodgepole pine to improve forest health.

USAF Academy Adventure Based Expeditionary Skills (ABEST)cadet training.

The USAF Academy is proposing to conduct annually June 1 through August 1 cadet ABEST training. Training will occur six times for a 36 hour period for 190 cadets each event. Cadets will navigate to GPS waypoints in the National Forest.

On Hold

Halfmoon Dispersed Campsite Designation

Unregulated dispersed camping along NFSR 110 has caused resource damage to soils, water & vegetation. The FS proposes to designate sustainable campsites & parking areas, and, close & rehabilitate damaged sites & non-system, user created trails.

Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project

Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.


2017 Special Use Authorization Re-Issuances

A proposal to re-issue expired existing special use permits on the South Park Ranger District

Administrative Communication Towers

The Pike/San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron/Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC)proposes to install eleven versa communication towers for government administrative use.

Cleveland Mountain Forest Health and Fuel Reduction Project

Forest Health and Fuel Reduction Project on Cleveland Mountain on the Salida Ranger District, PSICC

Colorado Springs 100 Running Race - Application withdrawn

100 mile, 100k, and 50k running race on Forest Roads 370, 383, Pikes Peak Highway and Forest Trails 624, 665, 666, 667, 668, 671, 672, 652, 620, 701, 753, 776, and 785 with 500-1,000 participants on 8/8/20 at 6:00 am through 8/9/20 at 12 pm.

Colorado Trail #1776 at Fooses Creek

Colorado Trail #1776: Construction of approximately 4.5 miles of trail. The new proposed 4.5 miles of trail will be within USDA Forest Service trail standard guidelines.

Locke Mountain ( Fuels)

Fuels reduction and Forest Health treatments, in the form of mechanical thinning/chipping followed-up by prescribed fire

Lower Harvard Lake Dam Removal

USFS proposes to breach the southern dam using machinery or high power water to comply with a written order issued to the USFS from the CDWR. This may involve improvement to NFST 1455 including tree removal/limbing for access.

Managing Visitor Use at Mount Bierstadt & Guanella Pass

To consider changes to management of recreation activities at Mount Bierstadt and the Guanella Pass summit area.

Maverick - Range Allotment Management Planning

Range allotment management plan for the Maverick - Cattle and Horse allotment.

Minnie Canyon Rehabilitation Project

The purpose and need of this project is to protect the Minnie Canyon area's many cultural and natural resources

PSICC Oil and Gas Leasing Analysis EIS

The PSICC is analyzing the Forests and Grasslands to determine oil and gas leasing availability.

Slide Mountain - Range Allotment Management Planning

Update of range allotment management plan for the Slide Mtn. - Cattle and Horse allotment.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Special Use Authorization

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has submitted a proposal for a Special Use Authorization for use & occupancy of an existing 230 kV transmission line on NFS lands. The special use permit would replace Tri-States expired permit for this line.

UAWCD Reservoir Analysis

EIS level analysis to authorize the issuance of term Special Use Permits to the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District (UAWCD) in order to operate and maintain the North Fork, Boss, and O'Haver water storage facilities.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.