Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado

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Roosevelt National Forest

Roosevelt National Forest covers over 1,000 square miles of Colorado’s landscape. It protects grasslands, forest and the Rocky Mountains. You’ll find endless activities within its boundaries. Explore it today!

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  • Roosevelt National Forest is great for camping, hiking, fishing, scenic drives, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and more! 
  • Roosevelt National Forest is on the north and east side of Rocky Mountain National Park, and its boundary touches Arapaho National Forest

What can I see and do at Roosevelt National Forest? 

  • Camping: Olive Ridge and Peaceful Valley campgrounds are south of Estes Park, just off the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. 
  • Hiking: There are hundreds of miles of trails. Start your journey at Dunraven Trailhead. Go east on North Fork Trail. Hike alongside the Big Thompson River. Eventually, you’ll hit Rocky Mountain National Park. 
  • Fishing: Big Thompson River is a great place to fish! Start at Dunraven trailhead and walk along the river’s edge until you find that special spot. 
  • Scenic Drives: The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway has spectacular views of the Continental Divide and you’ll pass many historic communities. 
  • Horseback Riding: Experience the trails by horseback! Several stables in Estes Park offer trail rides. Stables are also located at Meeker Park Lodge, in Meeker Park. 
  • Whitewater Rafting: Cool off in the rapids of the Cache la Poudre River! 
  • Mountain Biking: Biking is allowed on most roads, and trails as marked. For an extreme challenge, go down Crosier Mountain Trail into Glen Haven. 
  • Snowshoeing/Cross country skiing: These snow covered trails are a winter paradise for snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Zimmerman Lake is a popular trek. Start at Zimmerman Lake Trailhead.

Where is Roosevelt National Forest?

Roosevelt National Forest spreads across the north central part of Colorado.

It surrounds the north and east sides of Rocky Mountain National Park, and neighbors Arapahoe National Forest.

When is Roosevelt National Forest open?

Most campgrounds are open mid-May-September. A few campgrounds stay open year round.

How much does Roosevelt National Forest cost?

Campsite costs vary. A Colorado fishing license is required.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Call the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests Central Office: (970) 295-6700.