South Park Ranger District

Map of the District

Aerial image of Buckskin Gulch

ADDRESS:

P.O. Box 219, 320 Hwy 285
Fairplay, CO 80440
Phone (719) 836-2031
Fax (719) 836-3875

Located on the northwest corner of US Highway 285 and Colorado Highway 9, at the only stoplight in Fairplay.

OFFICE HOURS:

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The South Park Ranger District consists of 456,599 acres mostly located in Park County with a small portion of the district located in Teller County. The district office is located in Fairplay, Colorado. The main highways through the district include Highway 285 south of Kenosha Pass to Trout Creek Pass and Highway 24 from Florissant, Colorado, to its intersection with Highway 285 at Trout Creek Pass. The district ranges in elevation from 7,100 to 14,285 feet, offers splendid scenic beauty, numerous recreational opportunities, timber, grazing, and minerals.

**WESTON PASS FIRE UPDATES**

National Forest System lands South of County Road 22, North of Trout Creek Pass, Buffalo Peaks Wilderness in its entirety, and west of US Highway 285 are CLOSED due to the Weston Pass Fire ("Restricted Area")!!  In addition, the following National Forest System Roads (NFSRs) are RESTRICTED and CLOSED until further notice:  158, 309, 311, 373, 375, 376,  431, 433, 435, and 442.   Per Forest Service Regulations (16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 (a & b), you are PROHIBITED from being on a Restricted Road (36 CFR 261.54 (e)) and from going into or being upon the Restricted Area (36 CFR 261.53(e)).

A map of the Restricted Area can be found HERE.  The Updated Weston Pass Fire Closure Order 2018-034 is HERE.

Up to date incident information about the Weston Pass fire can be found here:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5876 and here: www.facebook.com/westonpassfire

 

**FIRE BAN in place for PARK and TELLER Counties**

Both Park and Teller Counties are under Fire Restrictions.  Park County and Teller County are in Fire Ban Stage 2 restrictions. 

More information on Stage 1 restrictions can be found HERE

More information on Stage 2 restrictions can be found HERE

An interactive map showing all Fire Restrictions across the PSICC can be found HERE

 

**Personal Use Fuelwood Price Increases on Pike National Forest.**

South Park Ranger District has decked fuelwood for permitted firewood cutting in Echo Beaver and Tornado project locations (see attached map). Please call South Park Ranger District at (719) 836-2031 for details to obtain firewood permits.

**Temporary Road Closure on NFSR 133 (Rock Creek Road)**

The South Park Ranger District has temporarily closed NFSR 133 (Rock Creek Road), near Lost Creek Wilderness, until approximately May 25, 2018, for construction work to improve the Rock Creek Trailhead and close the cherry-stem road that leads to the wilderness boundary. 

The Road leading past the Rock Creek Trailhead into Rock Creek has resulted in impacts to the creek and to the wilderness area surrounding the road. CPW and the Forest Service are working together to restore native greenback cutthroat trout to the area and are implementing this project to improve streamside conditions for fish habitat.

Hikers on the Colorado Trail will need to be aware of the activities in the area when hiking near the Rock Creek Trailhead.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during the project implementation.

Additional details can be found HERE 

**Hiking Bridge Replacement Underway in Park County**

The Rich Creek Bridge on the South Park District will be temporarily closed during construction. It provides hiking access to Forest System Trails 616 and 617, as well as access to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness off Weston Pass Road. To ensure your safety, there will be no traffic allowed September 19 through 29 during construction. An alternative bypass route will be available to obtain access. 

Rich Creek Bridge

 

 

**Confused by Forest Service Travel Management???**

Many of you may have noticed an increasing number of seasonal gate closures across the Pike National Forest in the past couple of years.  While some may see these closures as arbitrary and capricious, it is important to note that these closures are in place for several reasons.  Some important things to keep in mind regarding closures include:

Additional information regarding Forest Service Travel Managment and Seasonal Closures.

 

**Forest Service Road 659 in Beaver Creek and 669 in Crooked Creek are closed to all Off Highway Vehicles including ATV’s, UTV’s, and motorcycles that do not have a state license plate.  This closure has been in effect since 2010.**

 

***South Park Ranger District campgrounds are OPEN***

All campgrounds on the South Park Ranger District are open for the season.  See the Recreation Tab for more information. 

 

**Tornado fuels management work will begin on October 27, 2017**

Tornado Fuels management project will begin in three weeks. The project is solely mastication or grinding of forest ladder fuels. The area is bordered by private land to east, Park County Road 98 to the south, and is encompassed by National Forest lands to the north and east (see attached map). The project is tentatively set to begin October 27th, 2017.  

 

**Round Mountain fuels management work will begin in November 2017**

The Round Mountain fuels management project will be implemented soon on the South Park Ranger District.  This project area is located on National Forest near Park County Road 77 and NFSR 290 (see attached map). The project is bordered by Park County Road 77 to the west, private land to the north and is encompassed by National Forest lands to the south and east. Via coordination with the Contractor, West Range Reclamation LLC, thinning operations could begin at the earliest November 1st, 2017.

For further information on either project, please contact the South Park Ranger District at (719)836-2031.

Prescribed Fire Information

Prescribed fire information on the South Park Ranger District

  • Seasonal Closures are temporary.  Generally they are only in effect from January 1 to June 15 (with some exceptions).  
  • Many Seasonal Closures have been in place for years; however, they may or may not have been adequately signed and/or gated in the past.
  • Seasonal Closures offer protection for big game species during the times of year when they are expecting the most stress (wintering and calving seasons).
  • Many Seasonal Closures were forced due to a lawsuit settlement in which the Forest Service was sued.
  • Seasonal Closures protect roads from damage during the mud season and spring runoff.