Recreation

Snowy in winter.

Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests & 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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Visitor guide

Graphic: Visitor Guide.Check out our Visitor Guide (.pdf)  to find out more about recreation opportunities, safety, and unique places to visit.

 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Berthoud Pass Trailhead    No winter sledding allowed on either side of the pass. No snowmobiling in the area. No camping, campfires, stoves, dogs or smoking inside the Berthoud Pass warming hut.
Boulder Ranger District, west of Boulder    The office is closed on 1/16. Regular hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Not all services available during the noon hour.
Brainard Lake Recreation Area    The Brainard Lake Road is closed two miles east of the lake. Park at the Brainard Gateway Trailhead for free non-motorized access. Winter regulations apply.
Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Center Closed to Visitor
Coulson Gulch Trail    The Coulson Gulch trail remains partially closed due to flood damage. A Forest Order prohibits use of the final few miles along with the North Sheep Mountain Trail.
Dunraven Trailhead    The lower portion of the North Fork Trail is closed due to the 2013 flood. Access to the upper portion begins near the trailhead. Foot traffic only. Bulwark Ridge trail access is open.
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway Closed to Visitor Should you have questions or concerns, please call:  303-679-2312, or check the Guanella Pass Road Information Line at 303-679-2422 x.2 for updates.  Thank you.
Indian Peaks Wilderness    Permits are not required between September 16 and May 31 for small groups. Permits are required year round for large organized groups and outfitter/guides.
Killpecker Road (#300) Closed to Visitor
Lion Gulch Trail (#949) Closed to Visitor Closed due to flood damage.
North Fork Trail (#929)    Open to foot traffic only. Horses not permitted until further notice.
Pawnee Campground Closed to Visitor No camping in closed campgrounds. Open dates for 2017: 6/30-9/10. Reservations accepted for dates 6/30-9/9.
Round Mountain Trail (#969) Closed to Visitor Highway 34 temporarily closed, making the trailhead inaccessible.
Winiger Ridge    Road is closed. Camping allowed in designated campsites on the west side of Gross Reservoir.
Young Gulch Trail (#999) Closed to Visitor The Young Gulch trail is closed due to flood damage. Expected to reopen in 2017 or 2018.