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The Pike and San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) covers three million acres.  PSICC is a busy urban national forest that has the Front Range and the majority of fourteen thousand foot peaks in Colorado, yet also contains the wide-open grasslands of eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Over 60 percent of the water used by metropolitan area of Denver, CO originates from the South Platte River.

The forest offers a wealth of experiences from historic cabin rentals to the birthplace of developed recreation on the San Carlos Ranger District. The Comanche Ranger District lays claim to the internationally known dinosaur trackway at Picket Wire Canyonlands and continues to excite researchers and visitors alike with new discoveries. With nine Wilderness areas, numerous Scenic Byways and a full spectrum of outdoor opportunities, it is no wonder that the PSICC ranks third highest in the nation for recreational visits at national forests.

PSICC Ranger District & Grassland vicinity map:

Map of Districts

Recent News


Motorized Travel Management (MVUM) Administrative Correction

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The Forest Plan. i.e. Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) for the PSICC was approved in November, 1984, and the corresponding PSI Travel Map/Travel order was approved in October, 1984. The relationship between the Management Areas identified in the LRMP and the Travel Map is described in the Monitoring and Evaluation section of the LRMP on page IV-16. Management Area (MA) boundaries were created based on topographic features, approximate location of existing roads and ownership boundaries, and local knowledge of the suitability of an area for various types of management. Read more


Browns Canyon National Monument

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Find out more about Browns Canyon National Monument at PSICC.

PSICC Locatable Mineral Resources

Are you interested in mining on the Pike or San Isabel National Forests??  Click the link for more information.


Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Project

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To protect the greenback cutthroat trout while allowing for appropriate and sustainable recreation...