Denver's western gateway to the National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District is home to the Mount Evans Scenic Byway Recreation Area, the Mount Evans Wilderness, the Peak-to-Peak Byway, Loveland Ski Area and Guanella Pass Scenic Byway. Located along the I-70 corridor of Clear Creek County in the town of Idaho Springs, Clear Creek Ranger District manages approximately 200,000 acres in four different counties. Come climb a mountain 14,000 feet above the ocean's tides, take a relaxing drive through the Rocky Mountains, or wet your fishing line in one of the many alpine lakes and streams. Your public lands await you at the Clear Creek Ranger District. For more recreation information visit the Clear Creek District Recreation page.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
The highest paved road in North America is the Mount Evans Scenic Byway . This road allows you to drive 14,000 feet above sea level during the summer months only.
The Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Center is closed. Please visit the Idaho Springs Visitor Center at 2060 Miner Street in Idaho Springs for Forest Service information or call 303-567-4382. Firewood permits are available at the Clear Creek Ranger District office by appointment only on Thursdays. Call 303-567-3000 to make an appointment. Permits are $20 per cord with a one cord minimum, five cord maximum. Trees are not precut or limbed and designated areas are not available.