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NOTICE 5/20/2020

Recreation Closures 
Developed recreation sites remain temporarily closed while dispersed camping, hiking and river uses are allowed, although discouraged. Closed developed recreation sites include campgrounds, day-use areas, picnic areas, and any other constructed facility amenities – such as potable water stations, fire rings/grills, picnic tables, restroom facilities with flush or vaulted toilets, and trashcans and trash collection services. Parking facilities, trails and trailheads remain open. Dispersed camping includes camping on a national forest or grassland where recreation facilities or services are not provided.   
Forest and grassland visitors camping in dispersed recreation sites, hiking or embarking on river activities are encouraged to adhere to the following safety and responsibility guidelines.   

• Stay close to home to keep other communities safe.
• Stay 6 feet apart from others.
• Avoid crowding in parking lots, trails, scenic overlooks and other areas.
• Take CDC precautions to prevent illnesses like COVID-19.
• Prepare for limited or no services, such as restroom facilities and garbage collection.
• Prepare to pack out trash and human waste.

Fire Restrictions
Effective immediately until rescinded, the following is prohibited:

1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood-burning stoves, and sheepherder’s stoves.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building.

For More information please visit: Developed Recreation Sites Closure, Fire Restrictions

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The Pike and San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) covers three million acres.  PSICC is a busy urban national forest that has the Front Range and the majority of fourteen thousand foot peaks in Colorado, yet also contains the wide-open grasslands of eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Over 60 percent of the water used by metropolitan area of Denver, CO originates from the South Platte River.

The forest offers a wealth of experiences from historic cabin rentals to the birthplace of developed recreation on the San Carlos Ranger District. The Comanche Ranger District lays claim to the internationally known dinosaur trackway at Picket Wire Canyonlands and continues to excite researchers and visitors alike with new discoveries. With nine Wilderness areas, numerous Scenic Byways and a full spectrum of outdoor opportunities, it is no wonder that the PSICC ranks third highest in the nation for recreational visits at national forests.

PSICC Ranger District & Grassland vicinity map:

Map of Districts

Features

List of Flora on the PSICC: Over a Decade in the Making

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Forest botanist Steve Olson has worked here for 15 years, and has assembled a list of the approximately 2,200 species of plants on the PSICC.  Here is the metadata.  Download the spreadsheet for the list.

Spotlights

Browns Canyon National Monument

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Find out more about Browns Canyon National Monument at PSICC.

PSICC Locatable Mineral Resources

Are you interested in mining on the Pike or San Isabel National Forests??  Click the link for more information.

 




Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Project

A greenback Cutthroat Trout swimming in Bear Creek

To protect the greenback cutthroat trout while allowing for appropriate and sustainable recreation...


Highlights



https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc/