The USDA Forest Service is the primary partner of the Colorado Trail Foundation.
While most Forest Service offices cannot provide specific information about the CT itself, they can be particularly useful in providing information on the condition of backcountry access routes (Forest Service roads, etc.) to CT trailheads. Scroll down for the national forests and their ranger districts, with contact information.
The national Forest Service is a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It manages the national forests of the United States — 191 million acres owned by the people of the USA (see: www.fs.usda.gov). They “own” the trail and manage it. We help with the management, build public support for the trail, and help people to use, appreciate, and enjoy it. When the Forest Service makes decisions about management, they go through a public process. The Colorado Trail Foundation has often participated in these processes. See our page that describes our participation and positions about agency plans and projects.
The Colorado Trail passes through six national forests and 11 U.S. Forest Service ranger districts as it winds its way from Denver to Durango. From east to west, they are:
- Pike National Forest *
- White River National Forest
- San Isabel National Forest *
- Gunnison National Forest †
- Rio Grande National Forest
- San Juan National Forest
* The Pike and San Isabel are managed as one national forest, the Pike – San Isabel National Forest.
† The Gunnison National Forest is part of the Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre, and Gunnison National Forests unit.
US Forest Service Offices
We offer two lists of US Forest Service information, Ranger districts from Denver to Durango and office information for the National Forests and ranger districts:
Ranger districts from Denver to Durango
South Platte Ranger District
South Park Ranger District
Dillion Ranger District
Holy Cross Ranger District
Leadville Ranger District
Segments 9 – 12
Salida Ranger District
Segments 13 – 16
Gunnison Ranger District
Segments 15 – 23
Saguache Ranger District
Segments 16 – 17
Divide Ranger District
Segments 21 – 24
Dolores Ranger District
Segments 25 – 26
Columbine Ranger District
Segments 24 – 28
Alphabetical list of national forests and ranger districts relevant to The Colorado Trail
Rocky Mountain Region 2
All these national forests are within Region 2 of the Forest Service.
Regional Office1617 Cole Blvd. Building 17
Lakewood, CO 80401
24 Hour Recording: 303-275-5360
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, & Gunnison National Forests
Headquarters2250 Highway 50
Delta, CO 81416-8723
Gunnison Ranger District216 N. Colorado
Gunnison, CO 81230
Pike & San Isabel National Forests
Headquarters2840 Kachina Dr.
Pueblo, CO 81008
Leadville Ranger District810 Front St.
Leadville, CO 80461
Salida Ranger District5575 Cleora Rd.
Salida, CO 81201
South Platte Ranger District30403 Kings Valley Drive, Suite 2-115
Conifer, CO 80433
South Park Ranger District320 Hwy. 285
Fairplay, CO 80440
Rio Grande National Forests
Headquarters1803 W. Highway 160
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Divide Ranger District13308 West Highway 160
Del Norte, CO 81132
Saguache Ranger District46525 State Hwy. 114
Saguache, CO 81149
San Juan National Forest
Headquarters15 Burnett Ct.
Durango, CO 81301
Columbine Ranger District367 Pearl St.
P.O. Box 439
Bayfield, CO 81122
Dolores Ranger District29211 Highway 184
Dolores, CO 81323
White River National Forest
P.O. Box 948
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Dillon Ranger District680 Blue River Parkway
Silverthome, CO 80498
Recorded Message: 970-468-5434
Eagle – Holy Cross Ranger District24747 US Highway 24
Minturn, CO 81645