Much of the Roosevelt National Forest burned by the Cameron Peak Fire remains closed, but the area’s more popular winter trails are open.
The fire spread through 208,913 acres within its 325-mile perimeter; surveys found 80% of it burned.
Despite the devastation, much of the popular Cameron Pass area is open. This includes the Cameron Pass Trailhead and restroom, Cameron Connection Trail, Zimmerman Lake and Zimmerman Loop trails and Montgomery Pass.
The Long Draw ski route and lower portion of the Meadows Trail are open, but most of Long Draw Road remains closed, including to over-snow vehicles, according to a Roosevelt National Forest news release.
The 71,000-acre Colorado State Forest remains open.
The Chambers Lake area remains closed.
In the Red Feather Lakes area, Dowdy and West lakes and Mount Margaret and Lady Moon trails are open.
The lower Poudre Canyon area also is largely open, starting from the Kelly Flats Campground down to the mouth of the canyon.
A news release said crews continue to evaluate other recreation areas as conditions allow with volunteers ready to support reopening efforts once it is safe for them to do so.
In Rocky Mountain National Park, Moraine Park Road is open, but the Fern Lake Road, Fern Lake Trail and Cub Lake Trail remain closed.
The Bierstadt Trail system has reopened and can be accessed from Bear Lake, Bierstadt Lake Trailhead and from the Park & Ride area.
The Upper Beaver Meadows Trail has reopened, but the Beaver Mountain Trail and the Ute Trail from Upper Beaver Meadows remain closed. The trails between Upper Beaver Mountains Road and Deer Mountain have reopened.
In the Bear Lake area, the trail past Lake Helene to Odessa Lake remains closed. Flattop Trail is open to the summit of Flattop Mountain but is closed past that point.
The Mill Creek Basin and Hollowell Park trails remain closed, as does the North Boundary Trail, North Fork Trail, Mummy Pass, Stormy Pass, Commanche Peak and Mirror Lake trails.
Reporter Miles Blumhardt looks for stories that impact your life. Be it news, outdoors, sports — you name it, he wants to report it. Have a story idea? Contact him at email@example.com or on Twitter @MilesBlumhardt. Support his work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.