South Park Ranger District

Map of the District

McCurdy Park Rock Formations


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.



Since its inception in 1995, the annual Boreas Pass Railroad Day celebration has revived the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad in the Como community. Sponsored by the South Park Ranger District, visitors are invited to tour the many historic sites that lined the railroad line from Como and over Boreas Pass to Breckenridge. In Como, rare opportunities to tour the roundhouse and depot are combined with craft demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits. As visitors drive over Boreas Pass, they can ride a narrow gauge handcar at Rocky Point and then stop for refreshments at the Section House on the summit.  Join in the fun on August 17, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:30pm!

More information can be found HERE



Aurora Water is expecting to conduct maintenance work at the Jefferson Lake Dam during the Fall of 2019.  Visitors should be prepared for lower water levels at the lake during the 2019 season. Work should begin mid-August and is expected to be completed by November. 


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

South Park Ranger District has decked fuelwood for permitted firewood cutting near Round Mountain Campground (see attached map). Please call South Park Ranger District at (719) 836-2031 for details to obtain firewood permits or download the form HERE.


**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.


**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.**


**Badger Gulch fuels management work is almost complete**

The Badger Gulch project is located approximately 6.5 miles NW of Lake George, CO in all or portions of sections 34 and 35 T11S, R72W; 6th PM and sections 1, 2, and 3 T12S, 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 291 and 291.A.  A contract map showing project location and access, a brief location description, and other information regarding specific items can be found by clicking HERE


Prescribed Fire Information

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