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Know Before You Go: Canyon Lakes Ranger District Recreation Update

USFS press release
Release Date: Oct 21, 2013

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Many recent events have changed the landscape of recreation on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, including closed roads, areas, trails, and campgrounds and picnic areas.

A closure order is in place due to the flooding event that occurred. A detailed release of information is available online at The previous High Park Fire closure order has been rescinded and the areas within the fire perimeter that remain a concern are now included in the flood closure.

Closures are in place on many county and forest roads. Check the latest forest information online at County road information is available online at The latest on flooding on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland is posted at

Only four campgrounds are currently open on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District. These are Dowdy Lake in the Red Feather Lakes area, Browns Park in the northwest portion of the district, Jacks Gulch up the Pingree Park Road, and Ansel Watrous in the Poudre Canyon. Note there is no water available at these campgrounds.

For those planning to hunt, these various closures may alter your plans. Check our hunting website at to find useful updates.

Some areas that are open have received resource damage. Please do your part to not increase this damage. Do not create new paths along trails or use motor vehicles where the ground is saturated. Recent snows have caused muddy conditions throughout the district.

Remember, your safety is your responsibility. An important safety message for visitors year-round is that of falling tree hazards, especially in mountain pine beetle hit areas and areas where the ground is saturated. Avoid dense patches of dead trees. Take a saw or ax with you to remove fallen trees from roads in case you become trapped.
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