South Park Ranger District

Aerial image of Buckskin Gulch



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.


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.


**Personal Use Fuelwood Price Increases on Pike National Forest.**  Click HERE for additional information.


**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:

  • 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.

Additional information regarding Forest Service Travel Managment and Seasonal Closures may be found here.

**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.    


**Echo Beaver fuels management work will begin on Monday, October 17, 2016**

The EchoBeaver fuels management project will be implemented soon on the South Park Ranger District.  This project area is located on National Forest near Echo Valley Estates and Beaver Valley Ranch. The project is bordered by Park County Road 98 to the north, Park County Road 100 to the west, private land to the south, and by National Forest that wraps around the Echo Valley subdivision. Via coordination with the Contractor, Markit! Forestry LLC, hand thinning operations will begin Monday October 17th, 2016 in unit 141 (see attached map).

Mastication units are tentatively projected to begin at the beginning of November and logging operations are to begin spring 2017.


Hand Thinning


Logging Operations

Unit #

3, 52B, 63, 64, 141

51, 62, 7, 15, 16

52A, 61, 131, 143


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