Arapaho National Recreation Area


Arapaho National Recreation Area Map

Arapaho National Recreation Area vicinity map.


view of lake from pine beach picnic area

Welcome to the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA)

A 35,000 acre scenic water wonderland in the upper reaches of the Colorado River Valley; the ANRA was established by Congress in 1978 and contains five major reservoirs:

Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Monarch Lake, Willow Creek Reservoir and Meadow Creek Reservoir.

Adjacent to the ANRA is Grand Lake, with its deep, clear blue waters, is the largest natural lake in Colorado. Together, these lakes and reservoirs are often referred to as the "Great Lakes of Colorado." The ANRA is a world-class place to boat, camp, hike, fish, ice fish, snowmobile, view wildlife, horseback ride and hold events.

The ANRA’s campgrounds include Arapaho Bay, Green Ridge, Sunset Point, Stillwater, Willow Creek, and the Cutthroat Group Campground. Dispersed camping is allowed near Meadow Creek Reservoir, along some of the eastern shore of Lake Granby (Map, pdf 4 MB) and along other roads within the recreation area identified for dispersed camping on the Sulphur Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map.

PLEASE NOTE: Visitors that hike trails leading west from the Monarch Lake, Roaring Fork or Junco Lake Trailheads are responsible for following all Indian Peaks Wilderness regulations and permit requirements.

All vehicles (including automobiles, RVs, ATVs, and snowmobiles) must display a valid pass. Campground fees are additional. Passes are required on long-term moored boats. Boats trailered in for short periods are covered by the vehicle pass. ANRA fees are covered under Interagency Passes properly displayed on the vehicle dashboard or from a mirror hangtag with the signature side visible to enforcement personnel. Fees are also required to use the waters of Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Lake Granby.


view of lake from pine beach picnic area Mountain Lake on a sunny day with Pine Trees Sail boats moored on Lake Granby on a sunny day View of a campsite with lake in the background from Moraine Loop View looking out the back of a motorboat

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day-use is from sun-up to sun-down, overnight use is allowed in campgrounds only. Boat inspections are open April-Sept. 6 (6AM-8PM), Sept.7 - Nov. 30 (6AM-6PM).
Fees Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA) fees apply. All vehicles (including automobiles, RVs, ATVs, and snowmobiles) must display a valid ANRA or interagency pass.
  • $5/day
  • $10/3 days
  • $15/7 days
  • $30/annual pass
Interagency Annual, Military, Senior, Golden Age, Access, Golden Access, and 4th Grade passes are accepted.
Usage: Heavy

In the Arapaho National Recreation Area, motorized boats will only be allowed to launch from designated boat ramps whenever Colorado Parks and Wildlife inspectors are present. Emergency access onto Arapaho National Recreation Area reservoirs, and one-way access off the water will be provided 24/7 at Stillwater and Green Ridge boat ramps.

Closest Towns: Granby, Colorado; Grand Lake, Colorado
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Sulphur Ranger District; (970) 887-4100; Contact Us

Recreation Map

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