- This ranger district encompasses the western portion of the San Juan National Forest. It includes the mountainous terrain between Lizard Head Pass and the towns of Cortez and Mancos. In this region seven developed campgrounds and three developed picnic areas exist. The Lizard Head Wilderness Area lies in the northeastern section of the district. The Colorado Trail forms the eastern boundary. McPhee Reservoir and the Lone Dome State Recreation and Wildlife Area lie in the southwestern portion of this district.
Recreation - Located close to Mesa Verde National Park, visitors can also drive to Telluride over Lizard Head Pass. Excellent fishing and boating can be found on the Dolores River. Kayakers will also find great runs on the Dolores. This ranger district includes a vast and beautiful area with excellent outdoor recreation opportunities.
Climate - Starting at the Utah border, this Ranger District reaches deep into the San Juan Mountains. The climate ranges from semiarid desert country to alpine tundra terrain.
Located on the western half of the San Juan National Forest, it is the closest district to the Four Corners Area. The district encompasses miles of mountainous terrain with the Dolores River being the biggest water system in the region. The area lies between Lizard Head Pass, in the northeast; Durango, in the southeast; Cortez, in the south and Dove Creek, in the west.