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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.”

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Chimney Rock National Monument

On Sept. 21, 2012, President Barack Obama designated the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area as  America’s 103rd national monument—the seventh to be managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Covering 4,726 acres of the San Juan National Forest between Pagosa Springs and Durango, Colo., the Chimney Rock National Monument is a significant archaeological, cultural, geological and biological site.

Home to Ancient Pueblo Indians

Surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, the site holds great significance for the Native American tribes of southwestern Colorado and neighboring states. The site was once home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians, who built more than 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor more than 1,000 years ago. Archaeologists believe that the site marks a connection to the Chacoan society who inhabited Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico.

The area has 118 known archaeological sites, including the dramatic Great House Pueblo which likely was used as an observatory for the annual summer solstice. Other features include the Great Kiva, which was likely used for religious ceremonies and community activities; storage rooms; and residential pit houses.

Contrasting Geology

The dramatic geology of the monument stands in stark contrast to the majestic Ponderosa Pine forest and rolling savannah-like plains along the valley floor.  The Piedra River cuts along the edge of Peterson Mesa in the northern portion of the monument. Steep cliffs and expanses of exposed sandstone and shale are evidence of the geologic era. 

Clark Peak Corrals Clark Peak corrals is the last campsite on HWY 366 up the mountain. It is 34.5 miles up from junction 191 on HWY 366. It has 2 campsite units. There are pit toilet restrooms, trash cans, and picnic benches. Elevation 9000’. No RV campsites.
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Clear Creek Canyon Forest Service Road 390, known as the Clear Creek Road, provides several trailhead accesses into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Please be respectful-bicycles are not permitted within the Wilderness. Dispersed camping opportunities can be found in the old mining settlement of Winfield, and visitors looking to find a bit of old mining history will find it in Vicksburg.   Visitor use in this area is busiest during the summer months.
Clear Lake Butte Lookout

Of the nine peaks in Oregon’s Cascade Range, Mount Hood stands the tallest at 11,239 feet, thickly forested and capped with glaciers and snow. Clear Lake Lookout, perched on the mountain’s side near the northwest corner of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, offers winter sports enthusiasts a tranquil, remote spot to spend the night amongst the tall timbers. It is ideally situated between Mount Hood to the north and Mount Jefferson to the south. 

It is one of several Forest Service watchtowers on Mt. Hood and it is still used to spot fires during summertime each year. Read more information about fire lookout tower rentals in Oregon and Washington.

The original lookout was built by the Forest Service in 1932, and was on a 100 foot tower. In 1962 it was replaced with the present lookout. The lookout is an "R-6 Flat Top" style cabin, a design introduced in 1953 as the last generation of fire lookouts in the region. The design, which includes a flat, tarred roof, originated in the Pacific Northwest and was designed to alleviate costs and hazards associated with re shingling the roofs typical of earlier style lookouts. Window shutters, a feature of earlier lookouts, were eliminated in this new design, and an extra foot of dimension added over previous lookouts (15 x 15 ft.). These newer lookouts used plywood as a construction element, another new feature.

Clear Lake Dispersed Camp Site This site is located on the east side of Clear Lake at the boat launch access site.
Cliff Lakes Road #601.4E  Cliff Lakes Trail is accessible from Trail #601 and is open to full sized vehicle with high clearance; ohv, bike, horse and foot traffic.The trail is .8 miles.
Coal Creek #605 The Coal Creek Trail #605 connects the Calcord Road, FSR #411.1A,  with the Lower Bench Trail #650.  The trail travels down the west side of the Coal Creek drainage through aspen stands and crosses several springs which feed into Coal Creek.  Because of the numerous springs down the drainage, several sections of the trail have boggy sections to traverse.  A fire in the early 1990's burned the western flank of the Coal Creek drainage and a bull dozer was used to create a containment line.  The trail follows the old dozer line on the upper portion of the trail.
Columbine Corrals Columbine Corrals has 6 campsite units with picnic benches and fire pits. There are restrooms and trash cans, there is also drinking water at this site. Elevation is 9500’. Ash Creek Trail #307 starts at this campsite. No RV spots.
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Continental Divide   This geographic area is the scenic backdrop and primary recreational resource for Montana’s capital city, Helena. It also includes the smaller communities of Austin, Rimini, and Unionville. Portions of the geographic area are in the political geographies of Lewis and Clark, Powell, and Jefferson counties. The spine of the divide is higher, cooler, wetter, and more exposed, imbuing it with a unique microclimate. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail follows the crest of the divide.
Copper Creek #983 The Copper Creek Trail #983 begins at the Copper Creek Trailhead and provides access to Copper Lake.  This trail enters the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
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