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Spend Fourth of July in the U.S. Forest Sulphur Ranger District in Grand County

GRANBY — The Fourth of July weekend will draw thousands of people to the mountains of Colorado to enjoy recreating in America's National Forests. The Sulphur Ranger District — located near Winter Park, Fraser, Granby and Grand Lake — offers opportunities ranging from camping and hiking to mountain biking in the Winter Park area, riding ATVs in the Grand Lake area and enjoying world-class recreation opportunities on the Arapaho National Recreation Area's five reservoirs, six developed campgrounds, six picnic areas, four trailheads and six boat launches near Granby.

All 14 of Sulphur Ranger District's developed campgrounds are currently open for the season. These campgrounds have a limited number of walk-in sites, so plan to arrive early or book ahead at http://www.recreation.gov. For a full listing of developed campground and services visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/recreation.

Power boats can be launched at Stillwater, Sunset Point or Arapaho Bay to access Lake Granby. Shadow Mountain Reservoir access is available from Green Ridge boat ramp. Canoes, kayaks, and other non-motorized craft can enjoy quieter developed launch sites at Willow Creek Reservoir or Hilltop boat ramp on Shadow Mountain Reservoir, or launch from the shores of Meadow Creek Reservoir or Monarch Lake. Day use passes are required for boating, camping, picnicking, fishing and other uses at our 13 developed sites. Purchase a pass at automated machines located near the entry points to the ANRA or at the Sulphur Ranger District office in Granby.

Dispersed camping, for those who prefer to avoid the crowds, is available across much of the Sulphur Ranger District within 300 feet of most Forest Service roads. Maps and a visitor's guide are available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/maps or for purchase at the visitor's center in Granby, which will be open from 8-6, seven days a week, including the holiday.

Please note that due to a snowy winter, and cool, wet spring, most Sulphur Ranger District roads are currently open only to the mid-slope gate. Snow and soft road conditions linger at higher elevations. For a complete listing of roads open and available to the public at this time, please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/roads.

Many towns put on fabulous fireworks displays in celebration of the Fourth of July, including Grand Lake, Granby, Fraser and Kremmling; but please remember that fireworks of any sort are not allowed on National Forest System lands. Enjoy one of the fireworks displays offered in town instead. For a full listing of events, check out the calendar at http://www.visitgrandcounty.com.

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Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday on the Arapaho National Forest. Please don't leave campfires unattended; and when you pack up, remember what Smokey Bear says: "Make sure those campfires are out cold!"

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