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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.”

Rec Area Description Status
Castle Valley Road Road along Castle Valley.  Provides access to Donner Lake Rim Trail, Hole in the Ground Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and the Peter Grub hut via Castle Pass and the PCT.
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Catherine Creek Loop This 1.9 mile loop, northeast of the Catherine Creek Trailhead, offers spectacular wildflower viewing during the spring. 
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Cattle Guard Road #603.1P  Cattle Guard Road is 1.9 miles and is open to high clearance vehicles, OHV, horse and foot traffice. It is a short cut back to #651.
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Cave of the Bells The Cave of the Bells is a fascinating and fragile underground wilderness which exerts its strongest appeal on Forest visitors who enjoy cave exploration.  Though this subterranean gallery of rock, known for its unique and varied suite of minerals and formations, has been thousands of years in the forming, it is nevertheless extremely fragile.  A few moments of thoughtlessness here could cause immense amounts of damage.  For that reason, and because so many similar areas have been damaged by vandalism, the Cave of the Bells is locked and gated.  Keys are available (for a deposit) at the Forest Supervisor's Office in Tucson for those who wish to visit this unique area.
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Cheoah River Area .
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Cherohala Skyway Area .
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Chetco River The Omnibus Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1988 designated 44.5 miles of the Chetco River as wild and scenic, from its headwaters in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness down to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary just above Loeb State Park. The designated segment of the Chetco is located within Curry County in southwest Oregon on the Chetco Ranger District.
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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.
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