Routt National Forest

You can’t talk about Routt National Forest without mentioning its constituents, Medicine Bow National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland, because the three lands were administratively joined in 1995. Altogether, the combined 2.9 million-acre land stretches from northern Colorado all the way up to central Wyoming. Fun Fact: The forest is named for John Routt,Continue reading “Routt National Forest”

Roosevelt National Forest

Roosevelt National Forest, located in north-central Colorado, is managed from Fort Collins in unison with Arapaho Forest and Pawnee National Grassland. Because the three territories are contiguous with one another, and management strategies tend to apply to all three at once, the forest service often refers to them simply as ARP. Roosevelt in particular hasContinue reading “Roosevelt National Forest”

Rio Grande National Forest

Rio Grande National Forest is a 1.83 million-acre paradise of numerous habitats and ecosystems located in south-central Colorado, northeast of San Juan National Forest. From wetlands and prairies to alpine zones and desert crags, these woods host what seems like an entire planet’s worth of biomes. It is no wonder that so many animal species,Continue reading “Rio Grande National Forest”

Pike National Forest

Pike National Forest extends across Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Park, Clark Creek, and Teller counties. At its highest point, the forest reaches 14,264 feet at its rocky sky-high mountain peaks. You will see herds of deer, playful prairie dogs, and graceful prairie chickens in the lower elevations, and bighorn sheep and pikas as you climbContinue reading “Pike National Forest”

Gunnison National Forest

The counties of Hinsdale, Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, and Saguache all share the Gunnison National Forest, spanning 1,672,136 acres through Western Colorado. The Forest Servie manages Gunnison in unison with its sister forests, Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre. That is why you will often see these three forests grouped together as GMUG. About Gunnison National Forest GunnisonContinue reading “Gunnison National Forest”

Grand Mesa National Forest

Grand Mesa National Forest, the largest flat-top mountain in the world, spans 346,555 acres in western Colorado. The flat top itself has an area of about 500 square miles. It is managed together with Uncompahgre and Gunnison forests, so the three are usually referred to as a single group abbreviated as GMUG. The National ForestContinue reading “Grand Mesa National Forest”

Arapaho National Forest

Arapaho National Forest, named for the Arapaho Native Americans, is headquartered in Fort Collins, stretching out over north-central Colorado. The United States Forest Service oversees Arapaho as well as Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, often lumping the three together as “ARP”. The closest major city, Denver, is only a beautiful 1.5-hour drive away.Continue reading “Arapaho National Forest”

Stanislaus National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest, established in 1897 (making it one of the oldest national forests in the country), comprises 898,099 acres of breathtaking California wilderness. The land ranges across four counties in both northern California and Nevada. Most of the forest is in Tuolumne County, placing it very close to Yosemite National Park. 139,000 acres ofContinue reading “Stanislaus National Forest”

Tahoe National Forest

Tahoe National Forest, located in northern California northwest of Lake Tahoe, is a 1,208,993-acre woodland that provides water to the towns of Rocklin, Auburn, and Lincoln, CA. This massive reserve supports the nation’s wealth by contributing large amounts of timber, water, minerals, grazing, and other natural resources. Of the acreage that borders Tahoe, the USDAContinue reading “Tahoe National Forest”