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Cimarron National Grassland- The Cimarron National Grassland provides access to some remote backcountry that promises interesting geological, historical and cultural sites. Reminders of ancient life that existed in the area, both reptilian and Homo sapiens, pervade the grassland.
Comanche National Grassland- Comanche National Grassland is located in southeastern Colorado. This vast expanse of land is considered the most remote of all the public lands in Colorado.
Leadville Ranger District- The Leadville Ranger District includes some of the most rugged terrain in the state of Colorado. Recreation opportunities abound in this region with access to everything from historic sites to rock climbing.
Pike National Forest- The Pike National Forest encompasses over one million acres of land in south central Colorado. This region includes 14,000 foot mountains, gold-medal fishing streams, wilderness areas, campgrounds, scenic byways, ski resorts and hundreds of miles of trails.
Pikes Peak Ranger District- The Pikes Peak Ranger District encompasses the region surrounding the city of Colorado Springs.
Salida Ranger District- The Salida Ranger District includes the southern Sawatch Mountains, the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Arkansas River Valley.
San Carlos Ranger District- The San Carlos Ranger District is part of the San Isabel National Forest; within its boundaries are the Spanish Peaks, the Sangre de Cristo Range and the Wet Mountains.
San Isabel National Forest- The San Isabel National Forest consists of over one million acres of mountains, rivers, canyons and meadows. The forest is bounded on the west and north by the Continental Divide and on the east by the Pike National Forest.
South Park Ranger District- The South Park Ranger District encompasses the mountainous region surrounding one of Colorado's largest natural parks, South Park.
South Platte Ranger District- The South Platte Ranger District encompasses the region southwest of the Denver Metropolitan Area and attracts many visitors from the city.

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Description - The Pike San Isabel National Forest is an administrative compact between the two forests southeast of the Continental Divide in Colorado.

Attractions - The highlights of the Pike San Isabel National Forests include, but are not limited to, gold-medal fishing, secluded reservoirs, 14,000' mountains, huge white water, scenic drives and historic ghost towns. The Pike San Isabel National Forests encompass a vast variety of terrain on the Front Range and in the Central Rockies.

Recreation - The recreation opportunities in the Pike San Isabel National Forests are countless. Visitors can visit ghost towns or backpack for miles on the Colorado or Continental Divide Trails. The terrain provides challenges for beginners and experts alike. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and four-wheel driving are only a few of the activities accessible in the mountains, valleys and canyons of the Pike San Isabel National Forests.

Climate - Controlled mainly by the Rocky Mountains, weather in the Pike San Isabel National Forests varies extremely on a yearly, daily and hourly basis. Colorado's high elevation makes the air thinner and, therefore, harder to breathe. The elevation also makes it easier to get a sunburn, because there is less air between you and the sun to filter ultraviolet light. Temperatures are affected by elevation, cooling four degrees for every 1,000 feet gained.

When hiking, particularly on high mountain peaks, during the summer morning and early afternoon hikes are best to avoid lightning and thunderstorms. The average yearly precipitation is 16 inches, the majority of which comes in spring and summer. Summer temperatures average 72 degrees during the day. Nighttime freezing temperatures are not uncommon during the summer. The mean winter temperature is 26 degrees. The low humidity on the eastern slopes makes both warm and cold temperatures seem more comfortable.

Location - The Pike San Isabel National Forests are located south of Denver and west of Colorado Springs. The terrain extends south of Canon City. The western border follows the Continental Divide from southern Sawatch Mountains to the Lake County Line north of Leadville.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports
All Pike National Forest and BLM land in Douglas, Jefferson, Park, Teller and El Paso counties is closed for all public uses due to extreme fire danger and the massive fire caused by an illegal campfire. Fines up to $10,000 and up to 6-months prison time for violating this order. Updated: 2002-06-10 16:25:00.0

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Contact Information:
Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737, Fax: 719-543-8926

Additional Information:
Colorado National Forests & Parks - Colorado is well known for its National Forests and Parks which include 14,000-foot mountains, world-class ski resorts, semiarid deserts, ancient Indian ruins and wide open plains.
South Central Region - This region lies just east of the Continental Divide, from the middle of the state to the southern border of Colorado. It includes the upper Arkansas River Valley, the San Luis Valley and the Colorado Springs area.

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Current Fire Conditions - The current fire conditions in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests.
Pike, San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron, Comanche National Grasslands - The official agency website.

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