Recreation

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland offers a diversity of outdoor opportunities and special places to explore. These lands are yours to visit, to care for and enjoy! So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in Colorado’s great outdoors where recreation opportunities abound.

 

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Graphic: Visitor Guide.Check out our Visitor Guide (.pdf)  to find out more about recreation opportunities, safety, and unique places to visit.

 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Brainard Lake Recreation Area    Closed to motorized access. Park at the Gateway Trailhead, located two miles east of Brainard Lake, for free non-motorized use.
Byers Peak Trailhead Open to Visitor
Byers Peak Wilderness Closed to Visitor Area west of Horseshoe Lake remains closed due to the Sugarloaf Fire.
Darling Creek Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Sugarloaf Fire.
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway Open to Visitor As scheduled in the past, Clear Creek County will close Guanella Pass Road at the Naylor Lake intersection approximately 0.8 mile north of the Guanella Pass summit on or about Monday, November 26, 2018.  The County will maintain Guanella Pass Road on a first day service to Cabin Creek Hydroelectric Plant and then on a second/third day basis to the Naylor Lake intersection after a snowfall. It is the counties hope the Guanella Pass Road will reopen on or about Friday, May 24, 2019.  Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Clear Creek County office:  303-679-2312, or check the Guanella Pass Road Information Line at 303-679-2422 x2 for updates.    
Indian Peaks Wilderness    Outfitter/guides and large (8-12 people) organized groups require permits year round for day and overnight trips. Do not apply prior to January 2 for 2019 dates.
Keyser Ridge Trailhead Open to Visitor
Kinney Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
Lake Evelyn Trailhead Open to Visitor
Main Draw OHV Area Open to Visitor
South Fork Campgound Closed to Visitor
South Fork Trailhead Open to Visitor
St. Louis Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor Trailhead is 6 miles from the lake & 3 miles from the old trailhead. Road is washed out 1/2 mile from old trailhead.
Sugarloaf Campground Closed to Visitor
Ute Pass Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Sugarloaf Fire.
Ute Peak Trailhead Closed to Visitor Closed due to the Sugarloaf Fire.
Williams Fork Trailhead Open to Visitor
Young Gulch Trail (#999) Closed to Visitor The Young Gulch trail is closed due to flood damage. Expected to reopen in 2019.


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