Canyon Lakes Ranger District, west of Fort Collins


Landscape view of Neota Wilderness.

Canyon Lakes Ranger District is located in north-central Colorado and encompasses approximately 650,000 acres in the Roosevelt National Forest, mostly in Larimer County. The Canyon Lakes Ranger District offers visitors a variety of recreation opportunities throughout the year, and also provides for traditional uses, such as permits for firewood gathering and grazing. We are home to four Wilderness areas, three national recreation trails, two historic districts, and Colorado’s only Wild and Scenic River.

State Highways 34, 36 and 14 allow for easy access to one of our many hiking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive roads, and lakes and streams.

Stop by our office in Fort Collins, CO, and we’ll be glad to help you discover the many great reasons to visit your national forest.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Canyon Lakes District Road Status
Operational Hours:
  • Main office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitor Center: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & closed Wednesdays. Closed on weekends & Federal holidays.
  • ContactE-mail us, Visitor Center phone: (970) 295-6700.
Reservations: View Campgrounds At-A-Glance table to quickly view what sites are reserve-able. 
  • Campground reservations are made through the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or online at
Permit Info:
  • Firewood permits are sold seasonally for the Canyon Lakes Ranger District.  Call first for availability.  Cash or check only.
  • A special use permit is required for all commercial activities and any event with 75 or more people.
Closest Towns: Fort Collins, CO; Loveland, CO; Wellington, CO; Laporte, CO; Estes Park, CO
Passes: Interagency Access, Senior and Annual Passes are available.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Canyon Lakes Ranger District
2150 Centre Avenue, Building E,
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
Phone:  970-295-6700, Fax:  970-295-6797 
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General Information


From Interstate 25 to our visitor center in Fort Collins, CO. Take the Prospect Road exit and travel approximately four and one-half miles west. Turn left onto Centre Avenue (south). Our building is located at the third entrance (top of the hill) into the Natural Resources Research Center.

Canyon Lakes District Office and Visitor Center (1st floor) . Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands Headquarters (2nd floor)

General Notes:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a popular activity on many of the trails within the Canyon Lakes Ranger District. There are a few trails which prohibit biking, for example the Greyrock Trail. Contact the Ranger District office details and remember biking is never allowed in Comanche Peaks, Rawah, Cache la Poudre or Neota Wilderness areas.

Areas for Mountain Biking at Canyon Lakes Ranger District, west of Fort Collins

Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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