The Eldorado National Forest is increasing access to the public by providing additional developed day use recreational opportunities with limited services. Restroom facilities will open as soon as personnel can mobilize and safety and cleaning supplies are obtained. We encourage visitors to check our website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information on what is open so that you can plan your visit. You can also call your local ranger station during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We continue to recommend that you recreate locally. All visitors should practice self-sufficiency during your visits to national forests. Recreating responsibly will help ensure that expanded access to recreational facilities, services, and opportunities continues. Responsible recreation practices should be maintained at all times, including:

• Maintaining at least six feet distancing from others.

• Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials.

• Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass.

• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use.

• All services may not be available, particularly restrooms and trash removal, so please plan accordingly.

The following developed recreation sites will reopen on the Eldorado National Forest beginning Saturday,

May 16, 2020:

•      Alder Creek Day Use Area

•      Capps Crossing Day Use Area

•      Traverse Creek Day Use Area

•      East Slab Creek Reservoir Day                Use Area

•      Cedar Park Trailhead

•      Fleming Meadow Trailhead

•      Pony Express Corral Trailhead

•      Slippery Ford Trailhead

•      Mt. Ralston Trailhead

•      Sayles Canyon/Bryan Meadow                Trailhead

•      Meiss Trailhead

•      Lumberyard Picnic Area

•      Indian Spring Picnic Area

•      Eagle Rock Picnic Area

•      42 Milestone Picnic Area

•      Big Hill Overlook

•      Echo Lake Parking Area

•      Iron Mountain Parking Area

•      Hell Hole Vista

•      Hell Hole Boat Ramp

•      Ice House Boat Ramp

•      West Point Boat Ramp

•      Stumpy Meadows Boat Ramp &                Picnic Area

Please note that higher elevation sites, generally above 6,500 feet are still under snow.

For more information, please visit the Eldorado National Forest website at Updates on recreation will also be posted on the Facebook and Twitter sites at and

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