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Arapaho National Forest- The former Arapaho National Forest has been absorbed into and is now administered by the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, White River National Forest and Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests.
Arapaho National Recreation Area- The Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA) encompasses 5 lakes and reservoirs at the upper end of the Colorado River Valley. It's located immediately north of Granby and west of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Boulder Ranger District- Located in the middle of the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest, the Boulder Ranger district is a popular destination for people on Colorado's Front Range.
Canyon Lakes Ranger District- The Canyon Lakes Ranger District includes the northeast portion of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests of north-central Colorado. It encompasses much of the foothills and mountains to the west of Fort Collins and Loveland.
Clear Creek Ranger District- The Clear Creek Ranger District lies just west of Denver on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. It surrounds the towns of Idaho Springs, Central City and Georgetown. Its close proximity to the Denver metro area makes this area and its classic mountain beauty very popular.
Pawnee National Grassland- These grasslands are administered by the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forests and are located on the high plains of northeast Colorado.
Roosevelt National Forest- The Roosevelt National Forest encompasses much of the northern mountains and foothills of Colorado, on the eastern side of the Continental Divide. The Roosevelt is now combined with portions of the Arapaho, and administered as the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.
Sulphur Ranger District- The Sulphur Ranger District encompasses the southwest portion of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. It surrounds the towns of Winter Park, Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs and includes the Arapaho National Recreation Area.

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Description - The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests include nearly 1.3 million acres. Topography varies from rolling hills to snow covered peaks. Twenty percent of the area (about 300,000 acres) is in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and includes eight Wilderness Areas.

The Arapaho National Recreation Area covers over 36,000 acres and contains five major lakes. Boating and fishing are the primary activities, with many developed campgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking trails available for public recreation.

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Five scenic byways run through the forest: Peak to Peak, between Estes Park and Blackhawk; Guanella Pass, between Georgetown and Grants; Mount Evans, from Echo Lake to 14,152 feet on Mount Evans; Colorado River Headwaters, from Rocky Mountain National Park to State Bridge; and Cache la Poudre - North Park, leading from the Cache la Poudre River canyon, over Cameron Pass, to North Park.

In the winter months, outstanding downhill skiing and snowboarding opportunities exist at Winter Park, Eldora, and Loveland Ski Areas, all located on National Forest lands. Also enjoy nordic skiing near Brainard Lake, Cameron Pass, and in the Fraser area. Snowmobile recreation opportunities are available in many National Forest locations. The Stillwater and Supply Creek areas near Grand Lake and the Deadman Road near Redfeather Lakes are among the most popular.

Recreation - Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and scenic driving are popular activities. The Arapaho and Roosevelt rank among the top National Forests for year-round recreation use. This is due to their proximity to the high populations of Front Range communities and their well known recreation areas.

Climate - Elevations range from about 5,000 feet on the east end of the Forests, to over 14,000 feet on the highest peaks. With this enormous elevation difference and locations on both sides of the Continental Divide, the climate varies greatly. The weather is generally much warmer and drier at the lower elevations, particularly on the east end of the forests.

For summer, expect warm days and cool to freezing nights, especially in the high country. Much of the highest elevations remain inaccessible until early or mid-July. Be prepared for both warm and chilly weather. The rainy season lasts from mid-July through August, when afternoon thunderstorms should be expected. The first snow can fly any time from the first of September! Although the skies are often sunny, winter temperatures can be very cold. Abundant snowfall accumulates and supports the many winter activities found on the forests.

Location - The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests are administered jointly, with the headquarters in Fort Collins. These forests encompass much of Rocky Mountains and foothills of north-central Colorado. The Forests extend from Boulder and Fort Collins on the east, to Hot Sulphur Springs and North Park on the west and the Wyoming border south to Mount Evans. The Forests surround Rocky Mountain National Park and towns including Estes Park, Nederland, Idaho Springs, Winter Park and Granby.


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Forest to Grassland Information Center, 1311 S. College Ave. , Fort Collins, CO, 80524, Phone: 970-498-2770, TTY: 970-498-2707

Additional Information:
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