Recreation

Picnic tables alongside Arapaho Bay shore

Some developed recreation facilities remain closed, while most have opened for the summer season. Trailheads are open, but visitors must follow all federal, state and local orders. Some restrooms remain closed. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19. See the conditions report below the map for the latest Forests and Grassland closures, along with this additional information:

  • Some restroom facilities, picnic and day-use areas, and developed campgrounds remain closed.
  • Water may not be available at all campgrounds be sure to bring your own.
  • Be sure to bring a mask when recreating for when social distancing cannot be maintained. Some county orders require this.
  • Fire Restrictions are in place on the entire Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.

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.

View our Campground-at-a Glance table for a quick view of available campgrounds.

Download our Visitor Guide (.pdf)  to find out more about recreation opportunities, safety, and unique places to visit. View a video overview of various recreation activities available.

Recreation Interactive Visitor Map 

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
AA Bar Ranch (AA Barn) Group Picnic Site Open to Visitor Group size is limited to 10 people. Make reservations at the Sulphur Ranger District office, 970-887-4100
Arrowhead Lodge Visitor Center Closed to Visitor The Arrowhead Lodge is closed for the 2020 season.
Berthoud Pass Trailhead    To reduce the spread of COVID-19, please avoid crowded trailheads and do not park along the highway. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to response to the current health crisis.
Brainard Lake Recreation Area    Brainard Lake Recreation Area is open with some minor changes to help facilitate social distancing in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines. This includes allowing 80% capacity in parking lots along with a scheduled entry (details below). This scheduled entry is not a reservation system. Changes do not impact access for those with Pawnee Campground reservations or permits for overnight use in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. We anticipate some of the displaced visitors will take advantage of the parking available at the Gateway Trailhead parking lot immediately outside of the BLRA and opt to hike or bike into the area. This lot is typically underutilized in the summer.
  • 2020 Scheduled Entry System:
  • 6 a.m.           Open until Park Lots Fill to Capacity
  • 10:30 a.m.    Open until Park Lots Fill to Capacity
  • Noon            Open until Park Lots Fill to Capacity
  • 1:30 p.m.      Open until Park Lots Fill to Capacity
  • Park in any day-use parking lot 5 a.m. - 6 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Please use self-pay kiosk. Parking pass must be displayed.
  • This is not a reservation system.
  • Once lots fill to 80% capacity, no additional vehicles will be admitted for parking until the next scheduled time.
Crow Valley Group Campground Closed to Visitor Due to increased risk with larger crowds, all group campsites on the ARP are closed for the 2020 season.
Crow Valley Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Due to increased risk with larger crowds, all group picnic areas on the ARP are closed for the 2020 season.
Cutthroat Bay Group Campground Closed to Visitor Due to increased risk with larger crowds, all group campsites on the ARP are closed for the 2020 season.
Deadman Lookout Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2020 season.
Diamond Rock Picnic Area Closed to Visitor
Eggers Fishing Access    Restroom currently closed.
Fish Creek Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Hessie Trailhead Open to Visitor Limited trailhead parking STRICTLY ENFORCED. Avoid crowded trailheads.
Horseshoe Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2020 Season
Jacks Gulch Group Campground Closed to Visitor Due to increased risk with larger crowds, all group campsites on the ARP are closed for the 2020 season.
Lion Gulch Trail (#949) Open to Visitor Work is happening to Highway 36 near the Lion Gulch Trailhead. Learn more at www.codot.gov/projects/floodrelatedprojects/us-36-lyons-to-estes/.
Midland Group Campground Closed to Visitor Due to increased risk with larger crowds, all group campsites on the ARP are closed for the 2020 season.
Mount Evans National Recreation Trail (#51) Closed to Visitor Mount Evans Highway won’t open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to impacts from COVID-19.   Due to issues associated with COVID-19, USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks will not be able to provide services for visitors on Mount Evans this summer, and the Mount Evans Highway (Colo Highway 5) will not open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks — the agencies that jointly manage Mount Evans — have reached this decision after careful consideration of both health and safety risks and economic feasibility. While there will be no restrooms or services provided on Mount Evans this summer, there are no plans to prohibit the use of Mount Evans Highway for non-motorized activities such as hiking and biking. Recreationists should be aware of and plan for extremely limited parking near Echo Lake. Visitors to public lands should practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and follow state and local orders regarding recreation throughout the summer.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway Closed to Visitor Mount Evans Highway won’t open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to impacts from COVID-19.   Due to issues associated with COVID-19, USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks will not be able to provide services for visitors on Mount Evans this summer, and the Mount Evans Highway (Colo Highway 5) will not open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks — the agencies that jointly manage Mount Evans — have reached this decision after careful consideration of both health and safety risks and economic feasibility. While there will be no restrooms or services provided on Mount Evans this summer, there are no plans to prohibit the use of Mount Evans Highway for non-motorized activities such as hiking and biking. Recreationists should be aware of and plan for extremely limited parking near Echo Lake. Visitors to public lands should practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and follow state and local orders regarding recreation throughout the summer.
Mount Evans Summit / Interpretive Site Closed to Visitor Mount Evans Highway won’t open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to impacts from COVID-19.   Due to issues associated with COVID-19, USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks will not be able to provide services for visitors on Mount Evans this summer, and the Mount Evans Highway (Colo Highway 5) will not open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks — the agencies that jointly manage Mount Evans — have reached this decision after careful consideration of both health and safety risks and economic feasibility. While there will be no restrooms or services provided on Mount Evans this summer, there are no plans to prohibit the use of Mount Evans Highway for non-motorized activities such as hiking and biking. Recreationists should be aware of and plan for extremely limited parking near Echo Lake. Visitors to public lands should practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and follow state and local orders regarding recreation throughout the summer.
Mount Evans Trail-West Ridge via Mount Spalding Closed to Visitor Mount Evans Highway won’t open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to impacts from COVID-19.   Due to issues associated with COVID-19, USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks will not be able to provide services for visitors on Mount Evans this summer, and the Mount Evans Highway (Colo Highway 5) will not open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks — the agencies that jointly manage Mount Evans — have reached this decision after careful consideration of both health and safety risks and economic feasibility. While there will be no restrooms or services provided on Mount Evans this summer, there are no plans to prohibit the use of Mount Evans Highway for non-motorized activities such as hiking and biking. Recreationists should be aware of and plan for extremely limited parking near Echo Lake. Visitors to public lands should practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and follow state and local orders regarding recreation throughout the summer.
Mount Goliath Natural Area Closed to Visitor Mount Evans Highway won’t open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to impacts from COVID-19.   Due to issues associated with COVID-19, USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks will not be able to provide services for visitors on Mount Evans this summer, and the Mount Evans Highway (Colo Highway 5) will not open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks — the agencies that jointly manage Mount Evans — have reached this decision after careful consideration of both health and safety risks and economic feasibility. While there will be no restrooms or services provided on Mount Evans this summer, there are no plans to prohibit the use of Mount Evans Highway for non-motorized activities such as hiking and biking. Recreationists should be aware of and plan for extremely limited parking near Echo Lake. Visitors to public lands should practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and follow state and local orders regarding recreation throughout the summer.
Mountain Park Group Campground Closed to Visitor Due to increased risk with larger crowds, all group campsites on the ARP are closed for the 2020 season.
North Fork Poudre Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2020 Season
Pickle Gulch Group Campground Closed to Visitor Due to increased risk with larger crowds, all group campsites on the ARP are closed for the 2020 season.
Pickle Gulch Group Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Due to increased risk with larger crowds, all group picnic areas on the ARP are closed for the 2020 season.
Redfeather Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2020 Season
Robbers Roost Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2020 season.
South Fork Campgound Open to Visitor Due to increased risk with larger crowds, all group campsites on the ARP are closed for the 2020 season.
Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout Closed to Visitor Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout is closed through September 30 due to COVID-19.
Steward J. Adams Education Site Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2020 season.
Stub Creek Recreation Cabin & Visitor Office Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2020 season
Sugarloaf Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for 2020 Season
Tom Bennett Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2020 season
Tunnel Picnic Area Closed to Visitor
Upper Goliath Trailhead Closed to Visitor Mount Evans Highway won’t open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season due to impacts from COVID-19.   Due to issues associated with COVID-19, USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks will not be able to provide services for visitors on Mount Evans this summer, and the Mount Evans Highway (Colo Highway 5) will not open to motorized vehicles for the 2020 season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks — the agencies that jointly manage Mount Evans — have reached this decision after careful consideration of both health and safety risks and economic feasibility. While there will be no restrooms or services provided on Mount Evans this summer, there are no plans to prohibit the use of Mount Evans Highway for non-motorized activities such as hiking and biking. Recreationists should be aware of and plan for extremely limited parking near Echo Lake. Visitors to public lands should practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and follow state and local orders regarding recreation throughout the summer.


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/arp/recreation