Colorado's backcountry is a human-powered recreation paradise. For paddlers we enjoy great rivers
like the Animas or dropping Adrenaline Falls on Lime Creek. For those who enjoy other pursuits it
may be mountain biking the Monarch Crest trail, backcountry skiing at Berthoud Pass, bouldering
at Independence pass, or simply hiking up Mount Elbert--Colorado’s backcountry has it
all. Right now, through the Colorado Roadless Rule, the U.S. Forest Service is trying to
come up with a plan to take care of these places. We can help make sure they are taken care
of the right way by giving the Forest Service some input from the human-powered outdoor
After almost 10 years of development, the proposed Colorado Roadless Rule is close, but not quite on the right track. Our goal is to make sure the rule is as strong or stronger than existing roadless protections elsewhere in the country. The way to get there is to close some development loopholes and greatly increase the number of mountains, crags, trails and rivers in the “Upper Tier” category of protection. Comments from our community carry quite a bit of weight in matters like these, so drop the Forest Service a line and help us take care of Colorado’s backcountry roadless gems so that they keep giving us clean air and water, a home for wild things to thrive and a places for us to paddle, climb, ride, hike and ski.
Want to get a better sense of what Colorado roadless areas are all about? Then check Outdoor Alliance’s latest film, featuring the spectacular outdoor recreation of Colorado.
A Google Earth map layer of USFS Inventoried Roadless for Southwest states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.