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BUILD A CAMPFIRE
NATIONAL FOREST

Pack your marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate! Campfires are allowed in the
national forest, assuming temporary fire bans are not in effect. Build campfires only where
they are allowed, and attend them at all times. Build them at least 100 feet from lakes, rivers
or creeks, or 100 feet from the trail. Purchase local firewood or collect dead, downed wood;
do not break branches from standing trees. Be sure any fire remains are out and cold to
the touch before leaving the area. Wilderness areas carry different and varying campfire
regulations. Check with a forest service official to learn about current regulations.

WHAT NATIONAL FORESTS PROVIDE
RECREATION

TIMBER

SNOWSPORTS
If the snow is deep enough, enjoy
the solitude and quiet that comes
from snowshoeing or crosscountry skiing on forest service
trails. Sourdough, Buchanan Pass
and South St. Vrain trails can all
be found in the national forest
south of Estes Park. Trails extend
from about 4.5 miles to 11.5
miles. Sometimes the snow in the
national forest gets deep enough
for snowmobiling. Check with
a U.S. Forest Service office to
determine which areas are open
for the activity. If conditions are
poor for taking out your sled,
go dirt biking instead.

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WILDLIFE
HABITAT

CLEAN WATER

LIVESTOCK
GRAZING

HIKE WITH
YOUR DOG
Trails in the national
forest are dog-friendly.
To see popular routes,
visit page 23. Dogs are
allowed to be off-leash,
but they must be under
voice control. If you enter
designated wilderness,
including Comanche
or Indian Peaks that
are both adjacent to
national forest lands,
you must put your
dog on a leash. In fact,
forest service rangers
recommend leashes
at all times in all areas,
particularly as moose
sightings increase east
of the Continental
Divide. Moose are known
to be aggressive, particularly toward dogs,
which moose seem to
equate as predators. If
an off-leash dog bothers
a moose, the moose
becomes defensive and
more likely to attack.
Additionally, if you are
interested in seeing
wildlife, you are more
likely to observe wild
animals if you hike
without your pet.


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