Hermosa Creek Special Management Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This is the Special Management Area on the east side of the Hermosa Creek watershed between Highway 550 and the Hermosa Creek Wilderness.

The Hermosa Creek Watershed experienced the 54,000-acre "416 Fire" in 2018.


As a result, there are burned area hazards  in the Hermosa Creek Watershed.

Entry into burned areas is at your own risk.


Some trails will be impassable, and hazards such as falling trees, unstable soils, and debris flows will exist.


Users of bicycles and motorized vehicles are required to stay on designated trails in the Hermosa; new routes must not be created when trails are impassable.

Trail clearing and reconstruction will begin soon, but will not happen all at once.


Please contact the Columbine Ranger District for current information about conditions. 970-884-2512.

The Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection legislation, passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in December, 2014, created both the Hermosa Creek Special Management Area and the adjacent 37,236-acre Hermosa Creek Wilderness.

New travel management rules apply to the area.  These include motorized and mechanized (bicycles) vehicles must stay on designated roads and trails, and new seasonal closures.


Hermosa Creek Watershed Mechanized (bicycle) Allowed Use MAP

Hermosa Creek Watershed Motorized Allowed Use MAP



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