Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Northern Colorado




US Forest Service Public Affairs Specialist Reghan Cloudman provides an overview of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland in northern Colorado on Big Blend Radio.

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests are located in north central Colorado and extend north to the Wyoming border, south of Interstate 70 to Mount Evans, west across the Continental Divide to the Williams Fork area, and includes short grass prairie east of I-25. Headquarters are located in Fort Collins, with district offices in Boulder, Fort Collins, Idaho Springs, Granby and Ault.

Known collectively as ARP, these public lands encompass 1.5 million acres and rank as the most-visited National Forest and Grassland for recreation in the nation, drawing over six million recreationists annually. Topography varies from rolling hills to snow-covered peaks more than 14,000 feet high, offering an abundant array of year-round recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, fishing, skiing, and other winter sports. Scenic drives offer spectacular views, especially as you journey up the highest paved highway in North America, climbing over 7,000 feet within 28 miles.

The forests are home to the Arapaho National Recreation Area and the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, as well as ten Wilderness Areas: Byers Peak, Cache la Poudre, Comanche Peak, Indian Peaks, James Peak, Mount Evans, Neota, Rawah, Never Summer, and Vasquez Peak.

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