Natural Resources


Arapahoe NF Alerts Page

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Motor Use Vehicle Maps & Road Conditions    

Along with hunting season, construction season is underway and may affect your trip. Due to construction work on the Sulphur Ranger District, there are revisions to the 2023 East Troublesome closure order that may affect those hunting in Game Management Unit 18. These updates include:

  • Stillwater Pass Road will be closed to all motorized use from the Idleglen Staging area to the intersection with Gilsonite Road (FSR 123.2B).
  • The west side of Stillwater Pass road from FSR 123.3 to the east near FSR 123.2B has reopened to all users. 
  • The upper portion of the Cabin Creek road system has reopened to motorized use. Cabin Creek Road (FSR 112) will remain closed from the intersection with FSR 112.1A on the west to the intersection with Highway 125. Some of the Cabin Creek spurs are only open to OHV use due to road width limitations. Map

Construction work at the dam on Monarch Lake will result in a temporary closure in the area from Sept. 21 through Sept. 28. The closure will include the Monarch Lake trailhead parking area and portions of Arapaho Pass Trail from the trailhead to the intersection with the High Lonesome Trail. Hikers may continue to use the Cascade Creek Trail and Arapaho Pass Spur to connect to other trails in the area. Hiking along the road is also permitted.

Grand County Natural Resources (GCNR) was created in response to the mounting natural resource issues facing Grand County. These issues include but are not limited to:  invasive species; Threatened and Endangered species; Forest health issues; wildfire recovery and other environmental issues and concerns.

GCNR strives to implement sound natural resource management strategies for the protection and enhancement of local natural resources and to educate and assist the public of Grand County.  GCNR is engaged and involved with numerous natural resource programs and projects across the Grand County landscape. Many of our efforts are coordinated with private landowners, state and federal land management agencies, and our adjacent counties. 

For further information about our projects/programs, please click on one of the links to the left, in the blue panel.

Please go to Wildland Fire Mitigation page for more information about Chipping Days and projects related to Wildland Fire.

Please click on the picture below for a copy of the Rural Living & Land Management Handbook.  For a printed copy, go to the Middle Park Conservation District Website

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Flash Flood Threat Within Fire Burn Scars

East Troublesome Fire and Williams Fork Fire information can be found at the following links:  

Rocky Mountain National Park

USFS Information - East Troublesome Fire Closure InformationWilliams Fork Fire Information Know Before You Go information

BLM areas in Grand County are open 

For information about private land recovery, please check the Middle Park Conservation District website:

Grand County and Northern Water have partnered to sponsor Emergency Watershed Program cost-share projects on private lands to protect life and property as a result of the East Troublesome Fire in 2020.  Please go to for more detailed information on what's happening.