The Projects page shows current and proposed projects on the Rio Grande National Forest for watershed restoration, habitat improvement, recreation sites, timber sales, roads, and more. Projects on the Rio Grande National Forest follow guidelines under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This was signed into law on January 1, 1970.

Photo of Forest Service employees reviewing paperwork.Each national forest and grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans set management, protection, and use goals and guidelines. Monitoring conditions on a forest or grassland ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction, and determines effects that might require a change in the management plan.



Burned Area Emergency Response - West Fork Fire Complex



Environmental Assessment for Watershed and Fisheries Treatments


National Visitor Use Monitoring

The Rio Grande National Forest will be involved with an on-going national forest survey, referred to as National Visitor User Monitoring, beginning October 1, 2014 until September 30, 2015.


Policies & Legislation

Local, regional, and national policies, agreements, and legislation guide our priorities and procedures. Many of our regulations are explained in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Projects are planned to meet objectives of special programs and policies, such as the following:

·        Payments to states

·        Roadless area conservation

Rio Grande National Forest Abandoned Mine Closure Project

Legal Notice

Stony Pass Map

Beartown Map

Wolf Creek Map

Blue Creek Map

Shallow Creek Map

Windy Gulch Map

Spar City Map


Travel Management

Motor Vehicle Use Map

Forest Roads Analysis

Travel Analysis Process   (TAP)


2006 Village at Wolf Creek

2006 Final EIS Volume 1

2006 Final EIS Volume 2


Wolf Creek Ski Area Master Development Plan

Master Development Plan documents.

For information concerning individual proposed projects please see "Wolf Creek Ski Area 2013/2014 Improvement Projects" below

Rio Grande National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Projects on the Forest Managed by Other Units

Adventure Cycling Association Ten-year Outfitter and Guide Permit Issuance

Issuance of a ten year outfitter and guide permit to Adventure Cycling Association to authorize multiple cycling tours to operate annually on National Forest System Lands across the Rocky Mountain Region.

Rio Grande National Forest All Units


The Forest has 87 applications for Ditch Bill Easements. The Forest intends to process at least 25 of these applications in FY05. This action involves authorizing historical facilities that qualify under the Ditch Bill.

Village at Wolf Creek Access Project

07/19/2018 a new draft decision was released based on the Alt 3 ANILCA action alternative. The Rio Grande National Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the effects of the proposed Village at Wolf Creek land exchange.

Conejos Peak Ranger District

Bear Creek Emergency Egress

Proposal to elevate a gully crossing between Bear Creek and Sheep Creek Subdivision for emergency egress for vehicles.

Cat Creek Cattle and Horse Allotments EA

This is an environmental assessment analyzing seven cattle and horse allotments (Cat Crk, La Jara, Hot Crk, Alamosa, Bancos, Jim Crk and Rough Crk) for the effects of continued livestock grazing and the development of allotment management plans.

Cline Driveway Project

It is proposed to authorize the use of a seasonally restricted Forest System Road for the purpose of year-round access to private property.

CP-7 Allotment Analysis

Analysis for grazing reauthorization

Fox Creek Vegetation Management Project

Silvicultural treatments, including prescribed fire, would improve forest health and vegetation conditions for deer and elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife species (including northern goshawk).

McWilliams Driveway Permit Reissuance Project

It is proposed to amend the McWilliams Forest Road Special Use permit to a Private Driveway Special Use Permit for the remainder of the term.

Mogote - Forest Service Administrative Horse Pasture Fence Construction

This project will be the construction of about 1.5 miles of fence and two water gaps into the Conejos River within the Mogote Forest Service Administrative horse pasture just south of the community of Fox Creek.

Platoro fence extension

This project will be the re-construction of ½ mile of fence and the construction of one-quarter mile of new fence construction on the east boundary of the community of Platoro.

Divide Ranger District

CE- Rock Creek Vegetation Management Project

The projects will improve big game winter range, re-establish aspen while also removing a forest product, reduce fuels, and to improve the overall health of timber stands by removing understory trees heavily impacted by western spruce budworm.

Cochran Driveway Authorization Reissuance

It is proposed to reissue to Mr. Cochran's driveway permit to the current owner of the property, Cochran's Sky Hi Camp, LLC for the remainder of the term.

Groundhog Park Spruce Beetle Salvage

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage dead and dying spruce from up to 1,951 acres in the Groundhog Park area, located about 16 miles northwest of Del Norte, Colorado. This could produce 21,200 cubic feet of sawtimber.

Little Beaver Timber Management Project

Within the harvest footprint the proposed project would use ground-based logging systems for commercial timber harvesting(785 ac.),shelterwood removal(756 ac.)and salvage cutting(29 ac.). Up to 1.5 mi. of roads may be constructed for timber removal.

Mineral County Landfill Conveyance

Convey 81.25 acres of NFS land to Mineral County, Colorado pursuant to the Townsite Act of July 31, 1958 (72 Stat. 438; 7 U.S.C 1012a; 16 U.S.C. 478a. The parcel is partially encumbered by the Mineral County landfill.

Saguache Ranger District

Cottonwood Trail to Liberty Trailhead

To eliminate inadequate parking and reduce or eliminate private property access issues, the Saguache Ranger District would like to move the trailhead to the more adequate facility at the Liberty Road Trailhead.

Crestone WUI Hand Thinning Project

The Rio Grande National Forest is proposing to conduct a hand thinning fuels treatment east of Crestone, CO along the northern boundary of the Baca subdivision in T43N R12E Section 8.

La Garita Hills Restoration Project

Management activities needed to promote forest health and resiliency, improve wildlife habitat, salvage spruce beetle killed trees, remove trees hazardous to infrastructure or public safety, manage WUI fuels, and improve watersheds

Luders Lodgepole

Treat by using salvage harvest, bark beetle infested lodgepole pine trees in and adjacent to the Luders Campground.

Sangre de Cristo AML

For public health and safety we will locate and identify abandoned mine portals for closure. Evaluation will include wildlife surveys primarily for bat use, botanical surveys and historical evaluation prior to any closure work being initiated.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.