Skip to Main Content
Home >> Visit Us >> Visit Destinations

Visit Destinations

Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

Rec Area Description Status
Bret Point #649 The Bret Point Trail #649 is a steep, short trail which receives most of its use by the range permittees who drive their cattle out on Bret Point.  It is the only designated route providing access to Big Dominguez Canyon from the drainage’s east rim.  The trail descends off the rim at a steep grade along a large draw/canyon that feeds into Big Dominguez Creek.  It continues through large, old growth Ponderosa Pine as well as Douglas Fir and aspen.  At the bottom of the trail near the lower trailhead there are several culturally scarred Ponderosa Pine trees that were utilized by the Ute Indians.  In addition the trail offers scenic vistas of Big Dominguez Creek and La Fair Creek and the impressive canyon wal
none
Brown's Pass #369 The Brown’s Pass Trail #369 begins at the intersection with the Texas Creek Trail #416 in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness at an elevation of 10,770 feet and ends at the Denny Creek Trailhead on the San Isabel National Forest.  The first 1.8 miles heads south from Texas Creek as ascends to Brown’s Pass at an elevation of 12,040 feet.  At the pass is becomes Brown’s Pass Trail #1442 as in passes into the San Isabel National Forest, Salida Ranger District, and continues to descend for another 3.6 miles to the Denny Creek Trailhead.  There are breathtaking views from the trail of Mt.
none
Browns Canyon National Monument

Information coming soon!

Buford New Castle Road #245 The Buford New Castle Road is the main thoroughfare across the Flat Tops. The road is graveled and suitable for passenger cars. OHV travel is NOT allowed on the road. The road (shoulder) is approved for biking, horses and foot travel. The road closes at the West Elk Trailhead, also known as the 'gravel pit' or the snowmobile staging area, November 23 annually.  Winter use begins when the snow level is suitable and ends approximately May 20.
none
Burnt Ridge Road #651.1  Burnt Ridge Road is 7.6 miles. It is opne to vehicles with high clearance, ohv, motorcycle, horse, bicycle and foot traffic.Tthe Connects to #603 and #640.
none
Caja Del Rio Area The Caja del Rio area is a lower elevation and drier section of the Santa Fe National Forest.  This is mainly a Piñon-Juniper dominated vegetation zone with areas of sage and mixed grasses.  It is often open for recreational opportunities when the rest of the Forest is snowed over.  Watch for seasonal road closures due to wet and very muddy roads.  It is another good area for solitude and lesser travelled trails. 
open
Calabasas Group Site Calabasas Group Site
open
Calpine Fire Lookout Calpine is a forest fire lookout tower that was actively used every summer until 1975.  It is a three-story structure with external stairs.  The top room or observation cab is the only rental space available at this time.  Visitors renting the lookout will have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, sunrises, sunsets and stargazing. 
open
Camp 4 Group Campsite and Day Use Area This is a group Campsite for parties ranging from 2-35.  It is a developed campground with tables, fire pits, restroom with vault toilet and garbage pick up.   It costs $30 per night and can be reserved on recreation.gov or reserveamerica.com Behind the group camp site is a day use area open to the public.  Hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  No camping allowed. Please do not dam up the river, it must flow to remain healthy. For more information please call the District Office at 530-964-2184
closed
Camp Shelly Camp Shelly is located in South Lake Tahoe on highway 89 conveniently between Fallen Leaf Lake and Emerald Bay. The campground is centrally located in the whispering pines, allowing visitors to take advantage of both the natural wonders of the Lake Tahoe basin as well as the indoor attractions of a major tourist destination. Amenities include hot showers and a metal fire pit and grill in every campsite. Most sites can accommodate tent trailers and campers and some can accommodate motorhomes up to 24 feet in length. Lake Tahoe and the Glen Alpine and Mt. Tallac trailheads are all within hiking distance. Nearby are the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Vikingsholm.
open
Skip to Main Content
Jump to Top of Page