Arapaho National Forest Guide

Spread over the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, Colorado, the Arapaho National Forest covers more than 700,000 acres. It's a true outdoor playground — clear, cold rivers run through deep evergreen forests and wildflower-studded meadows, and snow-covered peaks rise in every direction. Hiking trails abound; there are 30 routes in the spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness division alone. Off the trail, you'll find picnic areas, scenic drives, fishing, camping, and mountain biking. Whether you're seeking solitude and high-elevation adventures or you're more comfortable in a crowd, the Arapaho National Forest has plenty to offer.

Where to Camp

Camping in Arapaho National Forest

The weather in the Arapaho National Forest can change on a dime, with sunshine one moment and wild thunderstorms or even snowstorms the next. The temperature can change dramatically with elevation, which means that high-mountain campgrounds often feel 20 degrees colder. With an RV, you can choose any campsite knowing that you'll be warm and comfortable each night. Make your trip more convenient by renting an RV from RVshare near your home or your destination.

RV Rentals Near Arapaho National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Arapaho National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Arapaho National Forest

Hiking is the most popular way to experience the Arapaho National Forest, but there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy. If you want to see the wilderness at a faster pace, try mountain biking, road cycling, or horseback riding. Rock climbers flock to Boulder Canyon and the Chicago Lakes Trail, and anglers can try river, stream, and lake fishing all year. The forest's many lakes offer motorized and non-motorized boating. For a relaxing experience, take a drive down the National Scenic Byway or one of the five State Scenic Byways. If you're visiting in the winter, try skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling.

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How to get to Arapaho National Forest

Address: 2150 Centre Avenue, Building E, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Fee: Entry fee $0

Boasting enormous swaths of pristine woodlands, meadows, and mountain peaks, Arapaho National Forest draws adventurers from around the world. This Colorado forest offers something for every visitor, whether you want to bag a fourteener or enjoy leisurely strolls by alpine lakes. With an RV rental, you can enjoy everything the region has to offer at any time of year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Arapaho National Forest

Is there a fee to get into Arapaho National Forest?

No, there is no fee to get into Arapaho National Forest. However, there are fees in some places for camping and other recreational activities.

Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Arapaho National Forest?

Yes, there is a limit to how long you can camp in Arapaho National Forest. Dispersed campers can camp in a spot for 14 days at a time within a 28-day timeframe.

Is Arapaho National Forest open all year round?

Yes, Arapaho National Forest is open year-round. In summer, there is hiking, fishing, and boating. In winter, there's snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and a variety of other winter activities.

What type of wildlife lives in Arapaho National Forest?

Wildlife including elk, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, eagles, and burrowing owls all live in the Arapaho National Forest. The forest also has bears, so it's best to be bear aware when you're cooking, hiking, or in other areas where you may encounter one.

What is the closest town to Arapaho National Forest?

Winter Park is in Arapaho National Forest. This ski resort town has grocery stores, restaurants, and quaint shops as well as a ski area.