Colorado Guide for Tourist
ARAPAHO AND ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FORESTS
1,813,493 acres. Located in north-central and northern Colorado, these two co-administered National Forests surround Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a region of splendid high snow-covered peaks, with some elevations over 14,000 feet.
There are steep ridges and deep canyons, with alpine lakes and glaciers. Forests are of fir, spruce, and lodgepole pine. Wildlife includes elk, deer, bear, bighorn sheep, and coyote.
The National Forests have eight designated wilderness areas: 83,000 acres of the 134,000-acre Eagles Nest Wilderness, the 75,000-acre Indian Peaks Wilderness, the 74,000-acre Rawah Wilderness, the 66,600-acre Comanche Peak Wilderness,
40,000 acres of the 74,000-acre Mount Evans Wilderness, the 9,900-acre Neota Wilderness, the 9,380-acre Cache la Poudre Wilderness, and 7,000 acres of the 14,100-acre Never Summer Wilderness.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are possible on more than 900 miles of trails, including a section of the new Continental Divide Trail (see entry page 122). Horses are allowed on many of the trails. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous.
Rafting is available on the Poudre River. Mountain bikes are permitted on trails except in wilderness areas. Cross-country skiing is a winter option.
Rock climbing and mountaineering are other possibilities. Hunting and fishing are allowed in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is generally allowed, except near public use areas or where otherwise prohibited. Campfires are legal but discouraged. A stove is recommended for cooking.
A permit is required to camp in the Indian Peaks Wilderness from June 1-September 30. Quotas are j in effect. Permits may be obtained in advance. Camping and fires are restricted or prohibited in some parts of wilderness areas. Permits are also necessary for groups of 10 or more.
For Further Information: Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, 240 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526; (303)498-1100.