South Park Ranger District

Map of the District

View from the top of Boreas Pass


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.


Effective August 12, 2020, the following acts are PROHIBITED on ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY until further notice:

1.    Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, including   charcoal grills, except in a constructed, permanent metal fire ring within a   developed recreation site that requires payment and reservations.
2.    Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed   recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is   barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3.    Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads or trails.
4.    Blasting, welding or other activities, which generate flame or flammable   material.
5.    Fireworks and model rocketry.
6.    Target shooting and recreational shooting is prohibited, including the       Forestry areas.  The only exception to this will be the Como shooting range.   POSTED RANGE RULES MUST BE FOLLOWED.
7.    Operating a chain saw without a 1 Olb ABC or 2 ½ gallon pressurized or   equivalent fire extinguisher, and large size pointed shovel readily available for   quick use.

The official Park County Sheriff's Office order can be found HERE.


Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50(a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited on all National Forest System lands within Pike National Forest and the San Carlos Ranger District on the San Isabel National Forest in the State of Colorado and on all roads and trails located within the Restricted Area, as shown on the attached map.

The purpose of this Order is to protect public health, safety, and natural resources by preventing wildfires.

PROHIBITIONS: This Order prohibits the following acts in the Restricted Area:
1) Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire (including fires fueled by charcoal or briquettes) outside of a permanent metal or concrete fire pit or grate that the Forest Service has installed and maintained at its developed recreation sites (campgrounds and picnic areas). 36 CFR § 261.52(a).

2) Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. 36 CFR § 261.52(d).

3) Operating a chainsaw without an effective and properly installed USDA- or Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)- approved spark arrestor, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (with a minimum 8 oz. capacity and rating of 2A) kept with the operator, and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use. 36 CFR § 261.52(j).

4) Blasting, welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame without being in a cleared area of at least 10 feet in diameter and keeping a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (with a minimum 8 oz. capacity and rating of 2A) with the operator. 36 CFR § 261.52(i).

5) Using an explosive. This includes but is not limited to fuses, blasting caps, fireworks, 

The official order and can be found HERE.  

A violation of the prohibitions in this Order is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both. 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 USC §§ 3559 and 3571.


**Personal Use Fuelwood Sales on Pike National Forest**

South Park Ranger District sells fuelwood year-round.  First time buyers need to mail a copy of their drivers license and the form to the office. Please call South Park Ranger District at (719) 836-2031 for details to obtain firewood permits or download the form HERE.


**Transplant permits now available year-round**

Form can be downloaded HERE.

Traditionally the USFS has conducted two transplant programs per year. The dates were weather dependent, but generally ran from mid-March through the end of May, and again through the month of October. The reason for these two seasons was that this is when transplants have the highest likelihood of success. However, to provide the best customer service possible, starting in the spring of 2020 the South Park Ranger District will be selling transplant permits year-round. We do, however, encourage people to transplant their trees and shrubs either in the spring before buds begin to open, or in the fall after the plant has gone dormant. This will increase the transplant’s chances of survival and reduce the amount of work it takes to keep them alive.

The allowable species to be transplanted during this time will be:
  SHRUBS: Cinquefoil, Kinnikinick, Buffalo Berry, Woods Rose, Gooseberry and Common Juniper.
  TREES: All tree species.

The transplant program provides an excellent opportunity for you to plant trees and shrubs on your property as well as adding an aesthetic value to your community. A tree’s chance of survival is greatly increased if its new home is similar to its old home. By digging transplants on the national forest you can stay close to home for your planting stock.

• Permits are non-refundable.
• Maximum allowable height is eight feet.
• All holes dug shall be filled in.
• Trees removed must come from the South Park Ranger District.
• PROHIBITED AREAS: Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area, Jefferson Lake Recreation Area, Eleven Mile Canyon, Campgrounds, Picnic Areas, Lost Creek Wilderness, and Buffalo Peaks Wilderness.
• There is a maximum of 10 transplants allowed per adult individual. (Transplants are for personal use only and are not for resale; we do not sell commercial transplant permits.)
• Each transplant removed from the forest must be marked with a signed and numbered tree removal permit.

It is the permittee’s responsibility to make sure he/she is within the boundary of the South Park Ranger District; forest service personnel can answer questions regarding district boundaries.

Some roads on the South Park Ranger District are closed during the spring months to prevent resource damage. It is the responsibility of the permittee to know which roads are and are not accessible during the transplant season. Please stay on the road, even if it is muddy, or if it is causing damage to the road to use it find another area to look for transplants. Driving around muddy spots widens the road and can cause significant resource damage.



Forest Service Travel Management

There has been an increased number of seasonal gate closures across the Pike National Forest in the past couple of years. These closures are in place for several reasons:  

  • Seasonal closures are temporary and normally effective from January 1 to June 15.  
  • Seasonal closures offer protection for big game species during the times of year when they are expecting the most stress for example over the winter and during calving season.
  • Seasonal closures protect roads from damage during the mud season and spring runoff.
  • Many seasonal closures have been in place for years but may not have had proper signs posted or were properly gated in the past.
  • Many seasonal closures were forced because of a lawsuit settlement in which the Forest Service was sued.
  • 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.**


**Cougar Divide fuels management work is almost complete**

The Cougar Divide project is located approximately 6.5 miles NW of Lake George, CO in all or portions of sections 26, 27 and 34, T11S, R72W; 6th PM Park County, Colorado, on the Pike San Isabel National Forest, administered by the South Park Ranger District. The project is bordered to the east by NFSR 225 and dissected by NFSR 223 and 287.  A contract map showing project location and access can be found by clicking HERE.