Recreation

Mt Evans in Colorado.

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
Buffalo Springs Campground    Closed due to Weston Fire
Coaldale Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to flood damage from Hayden Pass fire
Cottonwood Pass Summit    For more information on delays/vehicle restrictions due to Federal Highways Project on Hwy 306: www.cottonwood-co.dot.gov
Dexter Campground    ALERT: BEAR ACTIVITY in the #LeadvilleRD. A bear has been reported to be raiding campgrounds and dispersed sites in the Twin Lakes area. Make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp. Store all attractants (food, coolers, trash, pet food, toiletries) in a bear resistant manner. Do not leave attractants in tents or unattended, store it in a bear-resistant manner when not in use. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends locking all attractants and coolers in a hard-bodied enclosed vehicle with the windows up and the doors locked.
Elbert Creek Campground    ALERT: Bears are currently more active in the area. Make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp. Store all attractants (food, coolers, trash, pet food, toiletries) in a bear resistant manner. Do not leave attractants in tents or unattended, store it in a bear-resistant manner when not in use. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends locking all attractants and coolers in a hard-bodied enclosed vehicle with the windows up and the doors locked.
Halfmoon East Campground    ALERT: Bears are currently more active in the area. Make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp. Store all attractants (food, coolers, trash, pet food, toiletries) in a bear resistant manner. Do not leave attractants in tents or unattended, store it in a bear-resistant manner when not in use. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends locking all attractants and coolers in a hard-bodied enclosed vehicle with the windows up and the doors locked.
Halfmoon West Campground    ALERT: Bears are currently more active in the area. Make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp. Store all attractants (food, coolers, trash, pet food, toiletries) in a bear resistant manner. Do not leave attractants in tents or unattended, store it in a bear-resistant manner when not in use. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends locking all attractants and coolers in a hard-bodied enclosed vehicle with the windows up and the doors locked.
Kite Lake Campground    Closed due to snow
Lakeview Campground    ALERT: BEAR ACTIVITY in the #LeadvilleRD. A bear has been reported to be raiding campgrounds and dispersed sites in the Twin Lakes area. Make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp. Store all attractants (food, coolers, trash, pet food, toiletries) in a bear resistant manner. Do not leave attractants in tents or unattended, store it in a bear-resistant manner when not in use. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends locking all attractants and coolers in a hard-bodied enclosed vehicle with the windows up and the doors locked.
Matchless Campground    ALERT: Bears are currently more active in the area. Make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp. Store all attractants (food, coolers, trash, pet food, toiletries) in a bear resistant manner. Do not leave attractants in tents or unattended, store it in a bear-resistant manner when not in use. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends locking all attractants and coolers in a hard-bodied enclosed vehicle with the windows up and the doors locked.
May Queen Campground    ALERT: Bears are currently more active in the area. Make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp. Store all attractants (food, coolers, trash, pet food, toiletries) in a bear resistant manner. Do not leave attractants in tents or unattended, store it in a bear-resistant manner when not in use. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends locking all attractants and coolers in a hard-bodied enclosed vehicle with the windows up and the doors locked.
Mosquito Pass Auto Tour   
Waldo Canyon Loop Trail #640 Closed to Visitor Closed due to Waldo Canyon Fire; no re-opening date has been established yet.
Whitestar Campground    ALERT: BEAR ACTIVITY in the #LeadvilleRD. A bear has been reported to be raiding campgrounds and dispersed sites in the Twin Lakes area. Make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp. Store all attractants (food, coolers, trash, pet food, toiletries) in a bear resistant manner. Do not leave attractants in tents or unattended, store it in a bear-resistant manner when not in use. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends locking all attractants and coolers in a hard-bodied enclosed vehicle with the windows up and the doors locked. Efforts to trap the bear are being made by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Areas & Activities


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