Recreation

Mt Evans in Colorado.

Notice: July 1, 2020

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will remain across the PSICC until replaced or rescinded to enhance public and firefighter safety, protect natural and cultural resources and help minimize human-caused wildfires. It is important to check with the local county you plan to visit as many also have fire and recreational shooting restrictions in place. Responsible recreation will help expand access to facilities, services and other opportunities. Our offices are closed, but we are providing virtual services via email or phone.

NOTE: The Rampart Range and Recreation Area dispersed campsites on the South Platte Ranger District including those on Rampart Range Road, Rim Road, Jackson Creek Road, Dakan Rd, and the area known as Dutch Fred are considered undeveloped campsites for the purpose of this order.

Peaks to Prairies - Tracks to Trails

Pike and San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (forest locator map) cover nearly 3 million acres, between the prairies of western Kansas and some of Colorado's highest mountain peaks along the Continental Divide. These sprawling forests and grasslands are an eight hour drive from boundary to boundary. This landscape offers a variety of ecosystems rich in history, geology, scenery, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.

The rolling prairies to the east are home to prairie chickens, wildflowers, paleontological resources and historical areas. The snow-capped Rockies to the west are a scenic backdrop to millions of residents and a draw to forest visitors. The forests are home to nearly half of Colorado's fourteeners with numerous alpine lakes, reservoirs and key rivers. Over 385,000 acres of Wilderness, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Colorado Trail, and Santa Fe National Historic Trail are special areas worth exploring.

People who live near these areas maintain a strong relationship to the lands. The commitment and volunteerism that these community members have for these public lands is the foundation for our ability to maintain a quality, sustainable recreation program in the face of intense, and growing, urban demand.

Critical Information about the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or “drones” are increasing in popularity and can provide wonderful opportunities to explore the forest. Please be aware that these drones are regulated and must follow certain laws to be safe and legal.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Angel of Shavano Group Area Closed to Visitor closed for 2020 season.
Bootleg Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for 2020 season.
Coaldale Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2020 season.
Crescent Mining Camp Closed to Visitor As of Jun 1, 2020, this cabin will remain closed until further notice.
Dawson Cabin Closed to Visitor As of June 1, 2020 this cabin will remain closed until further notice.
Devil's Head Campground Closed to Visitor Currently CLOSED until Dec 1 by Forest Order , or until rescinded, whichever comes first.
Devil's Head Lookout Tower Closed to Visitor Currently CLOSED until Dec 1 by Forest Order , or until rescinded, whichever comes first.
Devil's Head Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Currently CLOSED until Dec 1 by Forest Order , or until rescinded, whichever comes first.
Devil's Head Trail #611 Closed to Visitor Currently CLOSED until Dec1 by Forest Order , or until rescinded, whichever comes first.
Interlaken Historic Resort Closed to Visitor As of June 1, 2020, Forest visitors may still use the trails surrounding this site, however, they will not be able to access the buildings.
North Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to beetle-killed trees surrounding the area, which could blow down and cause injury or damage.
Waldo Canyon Loop Trail #640 Closed to Visitor Closed due to Waldo Canyon Fire; no re-opening date has been established yet.
Areas & Activities


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