Welcome to Rio Grande National Forest

Yellow aspens provide a frame for the craggy mountains.


Special Notice:

The Forest Service is continuing our mission critical operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety of Forest Service employees and the people we serve is our number one priority. We will consider the guidelines of the CDC as well as state and local health authorities in all of our decisions about how to best provide public services and public lands access during the pandemic.


About Rio Grande National Forest

located off FR 332The 1.83 million acre Rio Grande National Forest is located in southcentral Colorado and remains one of the true undiscovered jewels of Colorado. The Rio Grande river begins its 1800 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico high up in the San Juan Mountains in the western most part of the forest. The forest encompasses a myriad of ecosystems ranging from high elevation desert at 7600 feet above sea level to rocky crags at over 14,300 feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Portions of four Wilderness areas make up almost a fourth of the forest. Read more about the forest.



Feature - Online Customer Service Engagement Sessions

A customer service representative provides information to a forest visitor at the Divide RD office.Always striving to better serve our customers, our Visitor Information Specialist (VIS) Team is now hosting monthly Online Information Sessions with featured guest speakers. In our "Forest Specialist Series" we'll discuss current topics such as trail work, logging and grazing, and recreation. This may help you determine the best place to go hiking or hunting or many other activities. Check out what is happening on the “Rio Grande National Forest!” Follow this link for more information.

Recent News


The Bighorn/Stateline Prescribed Fire – A Cross-region Success Story

Light grey smoke comes from a low intensity surface fire burning slash and litter next to the base o

The Bighorn/Stateline prescribed fire is a joint project between the Rio Grande NF in Colorado and the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. Large treatments across jurisdictional boundaries are becoming more common as the USFS and partners work to manage resources at a landscape level.