Alerts & Notices

Current Conditions

Active Logging Areas

The Rio Grande National Forest, like all national forests, is managed for multiple uses including cutting trees for the production of wood products. The Forest provides information concerning the location of active timber sales for visitor safety and improved hunting experiences. As a reminder, firewood gathering is not allowed in active timber sale areas.

Campground Status

Most of the Rio Grande National Forest Campgrounds are open Memorial Weekend to Labor Day, please check the recreation page for a recreation conditions report. View a list of campgrounds on the forest.

Fires & Emergencies

When prescribed burns, wildland fires, and weather and road emergencies occur, check our fire page for information.

View a national map of current fire incidents online at InciWeb.


Most roads are closed for resource protection March 1 through mid-May. Don't be delayed on the road! Check the road conditions for the district you will be visiting,  or call the District Office for information before you depart.


The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for your trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, and limitations of your body can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. View safety tips.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic

Many folks visiting the Rio Grande National Forest are noticing a big change in the high elevation forests as literally millions of trees are succumbing to the spruce bark beetle. More than 588,000 acres of spruce-fir forest have been infested by spruce beetle since 2002 and the beetles are continuing to spread. 


Public Notices

Regional - Special Orders

A list of Special Orders from the Regional Office located in Denver, CO.

Rio Grande National Forest - Special Orders

A list of all of the Rio Grande National Forest special orders, including area & road closures.!ut/p/z0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8ziDfxNDDwNwxydLA1cjbyDTV1cjA0gQL8g21ERAKcsA_w!/?position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Rio%20Grande%20National%20Forest-%20Alerts%20&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=110209&pnavid=null&navid=120000000000000&ttype=alerts&cid=FSE_003753