Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Looking to explore the mountains west of Fort Collins, CO? There is approximately 650,000 acres of National Forest System lands in Larimer County, full of recreational opportunities throughout the year including camping. The Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests began back in 1897 as part of the Medicine Bow Forest Reserve, then was renamed the Colorado National Forest in 1910, and finally was renamed to honor President Roosevelt in 1932. The Canyon Lakes Ranger District manages these National Forest System lands for forest health, traditional forest uses and recreation. The district is home to four Wilderness areas, three national recreation trails and Colorado’s only Wild and Scenic River – the Cache la Poudre.