Arapaho National Forest sits on 723,744 acres of land in Colorado and includes forest land that surrounds the Rocky Mountain National Park. The protected forest land was established on July 1, 1908 and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
Some of the cities or towns that are close to the forest include Dillon, Winter Park, Boulder, Grandby, and Fort Collins. Roads that you link these cities/towns and the forest that is in north-central Colorado include US 34, US 40, US 287, CO 14 and CO 72.
Once you arrive at the forest, you will find several lures that will hold the attention of any nature enthusiast including Mount Goliath Natural Area, Arapaho National Recreation Area, Mount Evans, Berthoud Pass, Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway, Moffat Tunnel, and parts of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
Additionally, the Arapaho National Forest is home to parts of six designated wilderness areas including James Peak Wilderness, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Byers Peak Wilderness, Never Summer Wilderness, Vasquez Peak Wilderness, and Mount Evans Wilderness.
Other attractions that you will find within the park include recreational activities like fishing, big-game hunting, cross-country and downhill skiing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, bicycling, boating, snowmobiling, and ORV riding.
All these recreational activities are facilitated by the several amenities within the national forest including trails, 10 wilderness areas, scenic drives, 53 campgrounds, and 20 picnic areas. Bringing your tail-wagger with you to enjoy the outdoors is certainly permitted, but you will have to ensure that you are aware of certain rules concerning your dog.
For example, you must always maintain immediate control of your dog at all times, and this includes either keeping your dog leashed or in a secure enclosure at all times. Additionally, you must not allow your dog to wander into areas of the forest that are not dog/ pet-friendly. As such, you should be aware of areas of the park that you can and cannot visit with your dog.