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Fire Restrictions and Related Closures - Updated October 1, 2021

Severe drought in western Colorado has led to several wildfires currently burning in the state. These fires, along with the drought conditions, have led to many counties and federal land management agencies implementing fire restrictions. CPW has compiled a list of current restrictions and closures for recreationists to be aware of current conditions.

If you are worried fire conditions may affect your travel plans, please see CPW’s Reservations & Cancellations page for more information on CPW policies regarding changing or canceling your camping reservation. Reservation refunds or fee-free changes will be offered in the case of a park closure. Issues like smoke in the area, closed access to bodies of water or trails, and fire restrictions/bans do not qualify for refunds.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Closures & Restrictions

No current closures or restrictions.


County Fire Restrictions

Apply on private property, county lands, and most state lands (non-federal lands). Visit the Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website for a map of restrictions, or see the list of counties below.

Current Stage II Fire Restrictions

Elbert County: Stage II Fire Restrictions (source Elbert County website)


Current Stage I Fire Restrictions

Jackson County: Stage I Fire Restrictions (source)

Las Animas County: Stage I Fire Restrictions (source)

Moffat County: Stage I Fire Restrictions (source)

Routt County: Stage I Fire Restrictions (source: Routt County website)


No Current Restrictions

Alamosa County: No Restrictions (source: Alamosa County Facebook) 

Archuleta County: No Restrictions (source Pagosa Fire)

Baca County: No Restrictions (source Colo DHSEM)

Bent County: No Restrictions (source Colo DHSEM)

Boulder County: No Restrictions (source: Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)

Chaffee County: No Restrictions (source Chaffee County Sheriff web)

Cheyenne County: No Restrictions (source Colo DHSEM)

Clear Creek County: No Restrictions (Source)

Conejos County: No Restrictions unless under a red flag warning (source SLV Fire)

Costilla County: No Restrictions unless under a red flag warning (source SLV Fire)

Crowley County: No Restrictions (source Colo DHSEM)

Custer County: No Restrictions

Delta County:  No Restrictions (source Colo DHSEM)

Dolores County: No Restrictions  (source: Dolores County website)

Douglas County: No Restrictions (Douglas County webpage)

Eagle County: No Restrictions (source) 

El Paso County:  No Restrictions (source El Paso County Emergency Mgmt)

Fremont County: No Restrictions (source Fremont County website)

Gilpin County: No Restrictions (source)

Grand County: No Restrictions (source: Grand County Sheriff’s Website)

Gunnison County: No Restrictions (source Gunnison County)

Hinsdale County: No Restrictions (source Hinsdale County website)

Huerfano County: No Restrictions (source Huerfano County website)

Jefferson County: No Restrictions (source Jefferson County website)

Kiowa County: No Restrictions (source Colo DHSEM)

Kit Carson County: No Restrictions (Kit Carson County website)

Lake County: No Restrictions (Lake County website)

La Plata County: No Restrictions (source)

Larimer County: No Restrictions (Source)

Lincoln County: No Restrictions (source Colo DHSEM)

Logan County: No Restrictions (source Colo DHSEM)

Mesa County: No Restrictions (source)

Mineral County: No Restrictions (source Colo DHSEM, Mineral County)

Montezuma County: No Restrictions (source Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office)

Montrose County: No Restrictions (Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, Stage 1 restrictions currently on US Forest Service Uncompahgre Plateau)

Morgan County: No Restrictions (source Morgan County Sheriff’s Office)

Otero County: No Restrictions (source Otero County Sheriff’s Office)

Ouray County: No Restrictions (source West Slope fire info for Ouray County)

Park County: No Restrictions (source Park County website)

Phillips County: No Restrictions (source Phillips County website)

Pitkin County: No Restrictions (source: Pitkin County website)

Prowers County: No Restrictions (source Prowers County website)

Pueblo County: No Restrictions (source Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office website)

Rio Blanco County: No Restrictions (source: Rio Blanco County website)

Rio Grande County: No Restrictions (source Rio Grande County website)

Saguache County: No Restrictions (source Saguache County website)

San Juan County: No Restrictions (source: San Juan County website)

San Miguel County: No Restrictions (source: West Slope Fire info website)

Sedgwick County: No Restrictions (source Sedgwick County website)

Summit County: No Restrictions (source: Summit County website)

Teller County: No Restrictions (source Teller County website)

Washington County: No Restrictions (source Washington County website)

Weld County: No Restrictions (source Weld County website)

Yuma County: No Restrictions (source Yuma County website)


Tribal Information

Southern Ute Indian Tribe: Stage I Fire Restrictions (source Southern Ute website )

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe: No Restrictions (source Ute Mountain Ute Tribe website)



US Forest Service Restrictions

Medicine-Bow, Routt National Forest: Effective 9/21/21, BLM lifted the fire closure associated with the Black Mountain Fire. BLM/CR 2757 is now open.  

The Black Mountain Fire was reported on August 29 on the Routt National Forest approximately 8 miles Northeast of Kremmling, in Grand County, Colorado. Updates on inciweb and the Black Mountain Fire 2021 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlackMountainFire2021

Medicine-Bow, Routt National Forest: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions went into effect June 16 for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. This includes National Forest System lands located in Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt counties in northwest Colorado.

Medicine-Bow, Routt National Forest Yampa Ranger District Fire Closure: Muddy Slide Fire Area: More areas were opened up in an August 27 closure order. Closed roads and trails include: NFSR 226, NFSR 227, NFSR 282, 1174 Morrison-Divide Trail

Open roads include: NFSR 270 (also known as County Road 16), NFSR 275, NFSR 280, NFSR 284, NFSR 285, Lynx Pass Campground.

More information is available on the inciweb page for the Muddy Slide Fire.

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest: 
No restrictions.

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, & Gunnison National Forest:  
(
Check the GMUGNF website for updates.)

Pike, San Isabel National Forest: No Restrictions (source: Forest Service)
Fire Restrictions map for Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands

Rio Grande National Forest: No Restrictions (source: Forest Service)

San Juan National Forest: No Restrictions (source: Forest Service)

White River National Forest: No Restrictions (source: Forest Service)

Note: The Ptarmigan Fire northeast of Silverthorne that began Sept. 27 is now completely contained and no closures are in place.




Bureau of Land Management Restrictions

Colorado River Valley Field Office: No Restrictions (source BLM)

Grand Junction Field Office: No Restrictions (source BLM)

Gunnison Field Office: No Restrictions (source BLM)

Kremmling Field Office: No Restrictions (source BLM)

Little Snake Field Office (Craig): No Restrictions (source BLM)

Royal Gorge Field Office: No Restrictions

San Luis Valley Field Office: No Restrictions

Tres Rios Field Office (Durango): No Restrictions

Uncompahgre Field Office (Montrose): No Restrictions

Upper Colorado River District: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

White River Field Office (Meeker): Stage 1 Fire Restrictions


National Park Service/National Monuments

Rocky Mountain National Park

Closures due to Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires: Current Fire Information & Regulations - Rocky Mountain National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

East Troublesome Fire Burn Area (6/14)
The East Troublesome burn area and all access points remain CLOSED to the public until these stabilization and mitigation efforts can be implemented. Currently, post-fire restoration efforts and fireline rehabilitation work is active in multiple locations across the burn area.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: No Restrictions

Great Sand Dunes National Park: No Restrictions

Mesa Verde National Park: No Restrictions

Colorado National Monument: No Restrictions

Dinosaur National Monument:  Stage 2 Fire Restrictions (source: Dinosaur Nat’l Monument website)


While we hope compiling these resources is helpful, please note that Colorado Parks and Wildlife does not control access to most public lands in Colorado. Access to some areas may be impacted by fires, timber operations, road construction, weather, and many other factors. Before heading out, check with land management agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management or the US Forest Service, for the latest information about public land access and closures.