Over the years, Congress has been responsible for designating areas unique for the special characteristics and the opportunities they offer. Within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, there are a number of places that meet these criteria. Visitor information, maps, and publications are available at forest offices

Arapaho National Recreation Area The Arapaho National Recreation Area is in the upper reaches of the Colorado River Valley and was established by Congress in 1978. 

Cache la Poudre; Wild and Scenic River Explore Colorado’s Only Wild and Scenic River the Cache la Poudre. Recreation opportunities abound along their length. 

Brainard Lake The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is a popular destination in the Boulder Ranger District for hiking, camping, fishing, and more.

Mount Evans The Mount Evans Recreation Area offers easy access to Colorado’s inspiring high elevation environment.

Wilderness areasArapaho & Roosevelt National Forest includes ten Wilderness areas that encompass many of Colorado’s peaks.

Santiago Mill Santiago Mill is an increasingly rare example of an early- to mid-20th century American floatation mill.