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NOTICE 3/27/2020

District Rangers on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands will begin the orderly closure of developed recreation sites and some services in their districts to protect public health and safety and align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID019 outbreak. 

Forest Service lands on the PSICC are open for day use activities, such as forest trails accessed at federally managed trail heads, to provide opportunity for the public to participate in necessary activities defined by the Colorado Governor’s Executive Order to Stay at Home dated March 25, 2020. Updates to the availability of other recreation sites in the area are always available on our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/psicc/recreation.

“Personal responsibility is important now more than ever. Safe and responsible use of national forests and grasslands will reduce impacts to local communities who may be at risk from the virus,” said Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Forest Supervisor Diana Trujillo. 

People who made reservations for any of the affected facilities through Rec.gov will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation. Reservation holders who are affected during the closure may receive a full refund for the reservation.

As the nation works through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.   If you choose to recreate on the national forest, please follow CDC/state guidelines and limit group size to less than 10 people and practice recommended social distancing techniques to minimize your exposure.

Assistance in a backcountry emergency could result in response times that are significantly delayed and some resources, such as air ambulances, and others may be unavailable.

The PSICC will continue to coordinate its COVID-19 response in alignment with all federal, state and local guidance.  Everyone is urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most recent CDC guidelines are available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.  Additional information is available at https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus.


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


List of Flora on the PSICC: Over a Decade in the Making

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Forest botanist Steve Olson has worked here for 15 years, and has assembled a list of the approximately 2,200 species of plants on the PSICC.  Here is the metadata.  Download the spreadsheet for the list.


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

A greenback Cutthroat Trout swimming in Bear Creek

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