An estimated 100 miles of trails in San Isabel National Forest in central Colorado were impacted by a violent windstorm last winter.
Colorado Recreation & Environment
While 4.2 million acres of national forest land is declared roadless, the 2012 rule allows for energy development and road construction in some areas.
Measurements at Niwot Ridge research station west of Boulder indicate changes to Colorado mountain zones are underway.
A move toward industrial-scale bioenergy using forest biomass could negatively impact ecosystem diversity.
Research suggest that mountain pine beetles are maturing faster than previously thought with two generations of young bugs attacking vulnerable pine forests throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
The long Colorado Trail offers many day hikes, including an easy route toward Mt. Princeton in central Colorado.
Hikers enjoy a few choices when considering trails near the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness south of Fairplay, Colorado.