Rio Grande National Forest

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Rio Grande National Forest

Address:1803 W Hwy 160
Monte Vista, CO 81144

Size: 1,860,000 acres.
Location:Southwestern Colorado. Accessible by US 160 and 285. Nearby cities/towns include Alamosa, Monte Vista, and Saguache.
Facilities:24 campgrounds, dispersed camping, picnic grounds, waterfalls, scenic views, trails, winter sports area.
Activities:Camping, fishing, boating, rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ORV driving, hunting, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling.
Special Features:Contains portions of four wilderness areas: La Garita, Weminuche, San Juan, and Sangre de Cristo. Headwaters of the Rio Grande de Norte, third longest river in the United States, are within the forest. The Continental Divide runs for 236 miles along most of the western border of the forest.

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Although O'Toole's proposal is not yet on the Forest Service agenda, it is already being embraced by managers like Jim Webb, supervisor of Colorado's Rio Grande National Forest.
Tom Wolf is hard at work on a book about the landscape ecology of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the San Isable and Rio Grande National Forests in Colorado.
Carved out of San Isabel and Rio Grande national forests, the wild area includes four summits higher than 14,000 feet, and another two dozen or so (in Colorado, who's counting?

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