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 Lake, Monarch Lake, Willow Creek Reservoir and Meadow Creek Reservoir. Grand Lake, adjacent to the ANRA, with its deep, clear blue waters, is the largest natural lake in Colorado. Together, the 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.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: As of October 5, 2020 buoys marking hazards, as-well-as docks, have been removed from the lake. Boat ramps and inspections remain in opporation. Boaters are advised to boat at their own risk. 
Operational Hours: Boat ramps are closed from October until ice off in April.
Fees All vehicles (including automobiles, RVs, ATVs, and snowmobiles) must display a valid pass:
  • $5/day
  • $10/3 days
  • $15/7 days
  • $30/annual pass (includes ANRA access for up to 4 vehicles, boats, RVs or snowmobiles)
Interagency Annual, Military, Senior or Access passes, Golden Age and Golden Access passes are accepted.
Permit Info: See the Indian Peaks Wilderness page for information and regulations for trails east of Monarch Lake, Roaring Fork and Junco Lake Trailheads. Permits are required for overnight use and additional regulations apply.
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
Passes: Passes can be obtained from the Sulphur Ranger District or from the eleven automatic credit-card fee machines in the ANRA.  Fee stations locations include Arapaho Bay Road near the fee booth, Willow Creek Reservoir, Willow Creek Canal Picnic Area, Stillwater Campground, Green Ridge Boat Ramp and Pine Beach Picnic Area.  Purchase of the ANRA annual pass provides the holder with a subscription to the ANRA newsletter and use of reservoirs, trailheads, boat launches and picnic areas. Check our ANRA fee page for details.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Sulphur Ranger District, 9 Ten Mile Drive, P. O. Box 10, Granby, CO 80446, Phone 970-887-4100, Fax 970-887-4102; Contact Us

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