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Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

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Browns Canyon National Monument

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Brush Creek Connector #627

The Brush Creek Connector Trail #627 begins on Forest Service Road 736, Farris Creek Road, and ends at an intersection with FSR 738, Brush Creek Road and FSR 738.2B, East Brush Creek Road. This trail crosses 4 streams and has lots of ups and downs as it traverses the ridge above Brush Creek. It drops down into the Brush creek drainage and comes to an end where Brush Creek and East Brush Creek Roads converge.

Geo-Ref Trail Map   Geo-Reference Instructions


This is a picnic site with one unit. No water is available at the site; bring your own water.

Buffalo Pass

The Buffalo Pass area has been an increasingly popular dispersed recreation hub, partly because of its proximity to Steamboat Springs. The area, however, was lacking in Forest Service trails for people to enjoy the area, and many user created trails were developed instead. In response, in 2016, the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District conducted an analysis of the potential effects of taking three different alternative actions: no action; closing all user created trails in the area; or constructing new trails and improving the user created trails. The resulting document, the Buffalo Pass Trails Project Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact, provided the necessary information for the District Ranger to make a decision on a course of action. The Final Decision Notice approved the alternative for the district to construct new trails and improve the user created trails in the area, for a total of approximately 43 miles of trail, as that supported the Forest Service management policy of providing for recreational opportunities while protecting resources. The decision also included the provision to prohibit bicycles and all other wheeled vehicles from riding off of designated trails and roads in the Buffalo Pass area.

Implementation of the project is now underway, with completion anticipated at the end of the 2018 summer season. Current trail status information is provided on this page and will be updated as more trails are completed.

The district is in the process of planning the next phase of trails in the Mad Creek, Rocky Peak, and Rabbit Ears areas. The tenative timeline is:

  • Winter 2017-2018: Informal scoping on potential alternatives.
  • Summer 2018: Field review of alternatives, as needed.
  • Early fall 2018: Draft environmetnal analysis available to the public for comments.
  • Late fall 2018: Final environmental analysis available.

If you are interested in being part of the process, please contact Kent Foster or the district office.

Burnout Cnyn/Upper Electric Lake Scenic Byway Sign

 For a description of this site, please contact the Price Ranger District: 435-636-3500.

Butler Creek River Access

This access is very popular among boaters on the Salmon River. It is used as a take-out after the Nordheimer section or a put-in for the Butler run. This access is also popular for picnicking and swimming.

Calpine Fire Lookout

Calpine is a fire lookout tower that was actively used every summer until 1975.  It is a three-story structure with external stairs.  The top room or observation cab is the only rental space available at this time.  Visitors renting the lookout will have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, sunrises, sunsets and stargazing.   This is an extremely popular facility that is rented year-round.   The Forest Service does not plow the road in the winter.   Once the road is covered in snow, access is by snowshoes, skiis or renters can bring their own snowmobiles.   This facility is maintained and operated by the Sierraville Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.

Calpine sits at an elevation of 5,980 feet, approximately 40 miles from Truckee, CA.  Visitors can drive directly to the tower in summer and ski or snowshoe to it in the winter.  The lookout does not have electricity or water.  In contains propane- powered appliances.   The interior of the cab measures 14' by 14' and currently has two twin beds, a dry sink, a table and chairs, three propane lights, a propane heater, a propane stove/oven and a fire finder.  A limited assortment of cooking utensils, pots and pans are provided.  An accessible vault toilet and a picnic table and fire ring are located outside the lookout. Firewood is not provided.  Visitors need to bring their own bedding, toilet paper and other personal items.


Towers such as Calpine lookout have been used for many years to spot forest fires. Calpine lookout was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The structure consists of a ground floor storage room, a middle sleeping room and the observation cab on top.

Calpine lookout is an “L-7” or windmill style enclosed tower with a “BC-3” cab and has been determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The windmill style of lookout was very popular throughout California, used by the Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and some counties. Calpine lookout is one of 3 windmill style lookouts that remain in the state.

Historically, active lookouts were staffed during fire season by one person trained to spot fires. Searching for fires is an all-day and sometimes all night, seven day per week job. Since 1975 Calpine lookout has had limited use, mostly during times of summer lightning activity.

Camp 4 Group Campsite and Day Use Area

This is a group Campsite for parties ranging from 2-35.  It is a developed campground with tables, fire pits, restroom with vault toilet and garbage pick up.  The rate is $30 per night and can be reserved on or only.  Permitted campers at this site must stay within site boundaries and not spill over into the day use area.

Behind the group camp site the Camp 4 day use area is open to the public.  Hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  There is NO camping allowed in this area.

Please do not dam up the river, it must flow to remain healthy.

For more information please call the District Office at 530-964-2184

Camp Nesbit Environmental Center

Nestled in the beautiful northwoods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Camp Nesbit Environmental Center is the perfect setting for exploring the natural world. Built by the CCC, this residential camp blends a rustic feel with many modern conveniences. For more information on the facilities and reserving your spot read below or print out the brochure (pdf).

Camp Nesbit was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and exists today much as it did when construction was completed in the late 1930’s. The facilities blend a rustic feel with many modern conveniences.

The 12 dormitory-style cabins can accommodate up to 144 people and are readily accessible to Lake Nesbit—an 18-acre lake perfect for fishing, canoeing and swimming. A recreation hall, kitchen and dining hall, nurse’s cabin, and fire circle complete the Center.

Amenities such as an archery range, shooting range, hiking trails, ropes course, volleyball and basketball courts, baseball diamond, and swimming beach provide for outstanding recreational opportunities.

Campground: Soda Spring

Soda Spring Campground is a small, rustic site located at the end of Forest Road 4510.052 in a stand of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and silver fir. The Campground has 6 sites suitable for tent camping, pickup campers, or smaller trailers. Summit Creek is nearby but not visible from the site but there are a number of dispersed sites along the creek in the area. Sites have moderate screening and are not crowded. There is one old-style double vault toilet and an information board. All sites have tables and fire rings with grill feature.

This campground tends to be lightly used and quiet, with only minor local traffic. The access route is moderately steep single lane with occasional pullouts. Larger trailers are not recommended.

The Cowlitz Trail #44 trailhead is located in the campground, providing access to the adjacent William O. Douglas Wilderness.  Horses are prohibited in the site please use the nearby Soda Spring Horse Trailhead. Local attraction is a small soda spring, site of old bottling facility. No structures remain.