Arapaho National Forest

On July 1, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Arapaho National Forest for the enjoyment of all. Arapaho National Forest consists of 723,744 acres and is largely in Grand and Clear Creek counties, but spills over into neighboring counties. The forest includes the high Rockies and river valleys, straddles the continental divide and is home to the Colorado River and the South Platte River.

Almost totally encompassing the Granby area, there are six officially designated wilderness areas within the Arapaho National Forest boundaries including Byers Peak Wilderness, Indian Peaks Wilderness, James Peak Wilderness, Mount Evans Wilderness, Never Summer Wilderness, and Vasquez Peak Wilderness. The forest provides many activities for the outdoorsman including hunting, fishing, off-roading, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Camping

Looking for campground in Arapaho National Forest? Dispersed Camping, group camping, RV camping and campgroud camping is available. For a full list of campgrounds in Grand County's section of the Arapaho National Forest, click here.

Hiking

Whether you are ready to embark on a single day hike or a multiple day backcounty excursion, there are plenty of trails to suit your needs. Check out all the hike-able trails in our corner of Arapaho National Forest here.

Hunting and Fishing

Outdoorsman will love all that Arapaho National Forest have to offer. With plenty of lakes, river and streams, there are lots of places to drop a line no matter the season. See the full listing of lake, pond, stream, river and ice fishing available in Grand County's Arapaho National Forest.

Big game hunting is available at a variety of sites in the forest and game bird and water fowl hunting is allowed at the Pine Beach Picnic Site  just outside of Granby.  or more information on hunting in Grand County, click here. 

Winter Activities

If you have your own snowmobile, set out to explore Doe Creek Trailhead or Idleglen Trailhead or an expedition you won't soon forget.

Arapho National Forest has plently of trials to explore this winter wonder land by cross country skis or snowshoes.

No matter the time of year, there is plenty to explore and do in our corner of one of the best national forest in the country. For more information regarding camping restrictions, current road and trail conditions, and more, contact the Sulphur Ranger District at 970-887-4100.

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