STREAM TRACKING IN THE ARAPAHO & ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FORESTS
Do you like hiking and exploring your national forests?
Become a volunteer to record streamflow conditions throughout the
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests along the Colorado Front Range
There is more than one way you can help contribute observations of flow conditions on smaller streams that cross hiking trails or roads throughout the forest:
Hike one of six
priority trails that have established hotspots of interest.
Sign up to hike a trail below.
Join us on a guided hike to learn to stream track while meeting new people
Hike any trail or road and establish your own sites
Sign up below!
Priority Trails and Guided Hikes
The priority trails for this season focus on high-elevation streams near Granby and in the Cache la Poudre watershed near Fort Collins. The goal is to have each of these trails visited once a week in order to capture streamflow conditions from now through October 1. Sign up for a trail on a week that is still open to help! You can hike the trail at any time during the week you sign up for.
TRAILS IN THE
CACHE LA POUDRE WATERSHED
Come hike with the Stream Tracker Team and learn along the way about intermittent streams and how to stream track.
LORY STATE PARK
Explore the Forest- Other Trails of Interest
Why track streams?
Intermittent streams make up 69% of the total stream lengths on National Forests* and yet these smaller streams are rarely monitored and often poorly mapped. Your observations will be used to improve the mapping of where streams are located and how often they flow. Improved maps and increased monitoring of intermittent streams will then aid in management decisions made for the ARNF such as where streamside buffers are needed, road construction and culvert sizing, and source water protection plans.