Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest


Looking at the Indian Peaks Wilderness while driving on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Indian Peaks Wilderness from the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
A hillside along the Arapaho Pass Trail

 
The Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest is located in north central Colorado. The forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and extends north to the Wyoming border, south of Interstate 70 to Mount Evans and west across the Continental Divide to the Williams Fork area.

The forest is headquartered in Fort Collins with district offices in Boulder, Fort Collins, Idaho Springs, and Granby. This national forest sees millions of visitors each year and is among the most popular national forests in America.

Theodore Roosevelt established the Arapaho National Forest on July 1, 1908. He named it after the Native American tribe that used to occupy the region for summer hunting.

The Roosevelt National Forest, originally part of the Medicine Bow Forest Reserve, was first named the Colorado National Forest in 1910. In 1932, President Herbert Hoover renamed the forest to honor President Theodore Roosevelt.

Historical events

  • 1906 - The Colorado Division of Medicine Bow was established, with the supervisor based in Fort Collins
  • 1927 - The road to Mount Evans, near Idaho Springs, completed
  • 1937 - Berthoud Pass and Loveland Ski Areas opened
  • 1940 - Winter Park Ski Area opened
  • 1962 - Eldora Mountain Ski Area opened
  • 1978 - Arapaho National Recreation Area designated
  • 2000 - Bobcat Fire, largest fire on the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest
  • 2001 - Roosevelt Hot Shots start on the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest as part of the National Fire Plan
Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest
The Tenmile Range

Campgrounds on Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest

Campground and Day Use fees on Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland went up about 10% in January 2017.

Boulder Ranger District

Campground Elevation # Sites Max Size Reservations Open Notes
Camp Dick 8,650' 41 55' Yes open adjacent to Middle St. Vrain Creek
Kelly Dahl 8,600' 46 40' Yes open includes playground
Meeker Park 8,600' 29 25' No 6/1 No picnic tables, no drinking water
Olive Ridge 8,350' 56 30' Yes open includes playground
Pawnee 10,400' 55 45' Yes 6/21 Located within Brainard Lake Recreation Area, campers must also pay day-use fee
Peaceful Valley 8,500' 17 55' Yes open adjacent to Middle St. Vrain Creek
Rainbow Lakes 10,000' 16 20' No 6/1 No trash service, no drinking water provided

Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Campground Elevation # Sites Max Size Reservations Open Notes
Ansel Watrous 5,800' 19 30' Yes open  
Aspen Glen 8,660' 9 30' No open  
Bellaire 8,600' 26 60' No open  
Big Bend 7,700' 6 20' No open  
Big South 8,440' 4 25' No open  
Browns Park 8,400' 28 30' No 6/1  
Chambers Lake 9,200' 52 30' Yes 6/15  
Dowdy Lake 8,100' 62 40' Yes open  
Dutch George Flats 6,500' 20 33' No open  
Grandview 10,220' 9 tent camping No 6/15  
Jack's Gulch 8,100' 70 50' No open Equestrian sites available
Jack's Gulch Group 8,100' Group   open  
Flats 6,600' 29 40' No open  
Long Draw 10,030' 25 30' No 6/15  
Mountain Park 6,500' 55 50' Yes open  
Mountain Park Group 6,500' Group   Yes open  
Narrows 6,400' 15 30' Yes open  
North Fork Poudre 9,200' 9 30' No 6/1  
Sleeping Elephant 7,800' 15 20' No open  
Stove Prairie 6,000' 9 30' Yes open  
Tom Bennett 9,000' 12 20' No open  
Tunnel 8,600' 49 40' No open  
West Lake 8,200' 35 50' Yes open Oversized site available

Clear Creek Ranger District

Campground Elevation # Sites Max Size Reservations Open Notes
Clear Lake 10,000' 8 15' No 6/15  
Cold Springs 9,200' 38 50' Yes open  
Columbine 9,200' 47 20' Yes open  
Echo Lake 10,600' 18 20' Yes 6/15  
Guanella Pass 10,900' 18 35' Yes 6/15  
Mizpah 9,200' 10 20' No 6/1  
Pickle Gulch 9,100' Group
Yes open Handicapped accessible Reservations only
West Chicago Creek 9,600' 16 30' Yes open  

Sulphur Ranger District

Campground Elevation # Sites Max Size Reservations Open Notes
Arapaho Bay 8,320' 84 35' Yes open   #sites 1-7 open, NO facilities. ANRA fee only
Byers Creek 9,360' 6 32' No 6/1  
Cutthroat Bay Group 8,400' Group
Yes 6/1  
Denver Creek 8,800' 22 25' No 6/1  
Green Ridge 8,360' 77 35' Yes 6/1  
Horseshoe 8,540' 7 23' No **    
Idlewild 9,000' 24 32' No 6/15  
Robbers Roost 9,826' 11 45' No 6/15  
Sawmill Gulch 8,780' 6 32' No 6/10  
South Fork 8,940' 21 23' No **    
St. Louis Creek 8,900' 16 32' No 6/10  
Stillwater 8,300' 129 45' Yes open #sites 1-11 open, NO facilities, ANRA fee only
Sugarloaf 8,970' 11 23' No **  
Sunset Point 8,300' 25 35' No 6/1  
Willow Creek 8,130' 34 25' No 6/1  
Willow Creek Group 8,130' Group
Yes