San Isabel National Forest

San Isabel National Forest is located in central Colorado. The forest contains 19 of the state's 53 fourteeners, peaks over 14,000 feet (4,267 m) high, including Mount Elbert, the highest point in Colorado.

San Isabel National Forest
Map showing the location of San Isabel National Forest
Map showing the location of San Isabel National Forest
LocationColorado, United States
Nearest cityPueblo, CO
Coordinates38°02′38″N 105°06′32″W / 38.043948°N 105.108776°W / 38.043948; -105.108776
Area1,120,233 acres (4,533.42 km2)
EstablishedApril 11, 1902
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service
WebsitePike and San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands

It is one of eleven national forests in the state of Colorado and contains the Sawatch Range, the Collegiate Peaks, and Sangre de Cristo Range. It has a total area of 1,120,233 acres (1,750.36 sq mi, or 4,533.42 km2) spread out over parts of eleven counties in central Colorado. In descending order of land area it is located in Chaffee, Custer, Lake, Huerfano, Fremont, Pueblo, Saguache, Las Animas, Park, Costilla, and Summit counties.[1]

San Isabel National Forest is co-managed by the Forest Service together with Pike National Forest, Cimarron National Grassland, and Comanche National Grassland from offices in Pueblo. There are local ranger district offices located in Cañon City, Leadville, and Salida.

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There are seven officially designated wilderness areas lying within San Isabel National Forest that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Four of them extend into neighboring National Forests, and of these, one also onto land under management of the National Park Service. Another one extends onto land of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (as indicated).

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