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Dillon Ranger District- The Dillon Ranger District includes much of Summit County, Colorado; the area surrounding Silverthorne, Dillon, and Breckenridge. The district lies along the western side of the Continental Divide.
Sulphur Ranger District- The Sulphur Ranger District encompasses the southwest portion of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. It surrounds the towns of Winter Park, Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs and includes the Arapaho National Recreation Area.
The Parks Ranger District- The Parks Ranger District is located in north-central Colorado, on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. It encompasses much of the National Forest lands around North and Middle Parks, surrounding the towns of Walden and Kremmling.

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Williams Fork Valley
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Williams Fork Valley
Description - Most of the Arapaho National Forest is now administered as the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Topography on the Arapaho National Forest varies from foothills in the east to snow covered peaks at over 14,000 feet along the Continental Divide.

The forest contains portions of the Never Summer, Indian Peaks, Byers Peak, Vasquez Peak and Mount Evans Wilderness Areas. Several Scenic Byways run through the forest: Peak to Peak, between Estes Park and Blackhawk; Guanella Pass between Georgetown and Grants View Mt. Bierstadt; Mount Evans, from Echo Lake to 14,152 feet on Mount Evans; and Colorado River Headwaters, from Rocky Mountain National Park, west to State Bridge. The Arapaho National Recreation Area covers over 36,000 acres and contains five major lakes. Boating and fishing are the primary activities, with many developed campgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking trails available for public recreation.

In the winter months, outstanding downhill skiing and snowboarding opportunities exist at Winter Park, and Loveland Ski Areas, both located on National Forest lands.

Recreation - Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and scenic driving are popular activities. The Arapaho and Roosevelt rank among the top National Forests for year-round recreation use. This is due to their proximity to the high populations of Front Range communities and their well known recreation areas.

Climate - With its elevation differences and its location on both sides of the Continental Divide, the climate on the Arapaho varies greatly. The weather is generally much warmer and drier at the lower elevations, especially on the east end of the forest.

For summer, expect warm days and cool to freezing nights, especially in the high country. Many of the points of interest in the highest elevations remain inaccessible until early or mid-July. Be prepared for both warm and chilly weather. The rainy season lasts from mid-July through August, when afternoon thunderstorms should be expected. The first snow can fly any time after the first of September! Although the skies are often sunny, winter temperatures can be very cold. Abundant snowfall accumulates, which supports many winter activities found on the forests.

Location - The Granby/Winter Park portion of the Arapaho National Forest is managed by the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest.

The Dillon/Breckenridge/Summit County portion of the Arapaho National Forest is administered by the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest. Portions of the Arapaho National Forest around Middle and North Park are administered by the Parks Ranger District of the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forest.

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests - The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests are jointly managed. These forests encompass much of north-central Colorado, from Boulder and Fort Collins on the east, to Hot Sulfur Springs and North Park on the west.


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