Sulphur Ranger District

Bowen Gulch

Welcome to the Sulphur Ranger District!


Recreational opportunities abound in this haven located high up in the Rocky Mountains. The Sulphur Ranger District is over 442,000 acres in Grand County. Being surrounded by mountain peaks, meadows and lakes, you are in for a truly majestic experience in this forest.

Summers are filled with mountain biking near the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, hiking or backpacking in one of the five wilderness areas or in the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA), and enjoying the wildflowers and wildlife. Many of the hiking trails are also open to equestrians. The Three Lakes of Grand, Granby and Shadow Mountain are great places to escape with your boat or a fishing pole for a day. The Stillwater area next to the town of Grand Lake has miles of trails for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts. Camping cannot be overlooked either with 15 campgrounds and nearly 500 campsites.

Once summer has ended, the aspens changing colors signal the change of season and a move to fall activities. Come and spend a few days driving through the forest taking in the vibrant colors of the aspens. Hiking, biking, camping and OHV activities begin to dwindle and become replaced by hunters before the snow and winter activities arrive. Grand Lake is called the "snowmobile capital of Colorado" and is consistently ranked in the top 20 of best places to snowmobile in the United States. Along with the miles of snowmobile trails, the forest is available for tranquil snowshoe and cross-country ski excursions in this winter wonderland. Ice fishing contests, besides being a lot of fun, offers the participant an opportunity to win some great prizes.

Please stop by the Sulphur Ranger District in Granby and pick up a map.  For more information on recreation opportunties on the Sulphur Ranger District see our District recreation page.

Sulphur Ranger District Bark Beetle Projects: Provides information about the district's on-going bark beetle projects including trail and road closures and alternative routes.