Experience the Northern Forest

Every fall, leaf peepers visit the Northern Forest to see autumn painted across rolling lands.

During other seasons, many outstanding recreation activities exist, from kayaking on loon lakes, cross-country skiing through the woods or hiking the northern-most portion of the Appalachian trail. The choices are yours to make. 

What to do

Whether your thing is camping, hiking, canoeing or wildlife watching, check out all the options for exploring the Northern Forest, along with helpful links for all your adventuring needs.

Where to go

Learn the best places for all your outdoor recreation in the Northern Forest.  

When to go

Learn the perfect time for the freshest maple syrup, the brightest leaves or the greatest chance for solitude. We’ll help you plan your Northern Forest adventure for the right time of year.

  • In the first of a three management plans to be released in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado missed a great opportunity to protect some of Colorado's most treasured landscapes—including the Dolores River, lands surrounding Mesa Verde National Park and recreation hub

  • When school was out for the summer in the suburbs of Manhattan where I grew up, my mom packed our little Subaru hatchback with sleeping bags, a tent, a cooler filled with fruit and sandwich meat, hiking boots, rain gear, and three kids, and headed West.  Like generations before and since, w

  • The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.