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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland offers a diversity of outdoor opportunities and special places to explore. These lands are yours to visit, to care for and enjoy! So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in Colorado’s great outdoors where recreation opportunities abound.


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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Boulder Canyon    Closures protect nesting birds of prey Feb 1 through late July. Currently CLOSED: Blob Rock, Bitty Buttress, Eagle Rock and Security Risk climbing areas. Currently OPEN: Happy Hour, Bihedral, Riviera (remain open as long as visitors stay out of closed areas).
Brainard Lake Recreation Area    The Brainard Lake Road is closed at State Highway 72 from March 12 through June 28, 2018 to all uses 24-hours a day, seven days a week to allow for uninterrupted construction work and a safe work zone. For more information visit
Granite Ridge Trail (#991) Closed to Visitor Closed to ensure public health and safety during logging operations.
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway Closed to Visitor As scheduled in the past, Clear Creek County will close Guanella Pass Road at the Naylor Lake intersection approximately 0.8 mile north of the Guanella Pass summit on or about Monday, November 27, 2017.  The County will maintain Guanella Pass Road on a first day service to Cabin Creek Hydroelectric Plant and then on a second/third day basis to the Naylor Lake intersection after a snowfall. It is the counties hope the Guanella Pass Road will reopen on or about Friday, May 25, 2018.  Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Clear Creek County office:  303-679-2312, or check the Guanella Pass Road Information Line at 303-679-2422 x2 for updates.    
Indian Peaks Wilderness    Permits are not required this time of year for most. Day and overnight permits are required year round for outfitter/guides and large organized groups.
Sourdough Trailhead    The Brainard Lake Road is closed at State Highway 72 from March 12 – June 28, 2018 ( Use caution if you plan to venture as far as the Brainard Lake area. Carry extra gear and an emergency survival kit.
Young Gulch Trail (#999) Closed to Visitor The Young Gulch trail is closed due to flood damage. Expected to reopen in 2019.