Popular recreation activities on the Forest include downhill and cross-country skiing, developed and dispersed camping, jeeping, sightseeing, hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, snowmobiling, picnicking, biking,horseback riding and backpacking.
Downhill skiing is available in the winter at Steamboat Ski Area on the Hahns Peak Ranger District. Visitors can enjoy nordic skiing or snowshoeing in numerous areas, some of the most popular being Rabbit Ears Pass, Dunckley Pass, the Clark and Seedhouse area and the Hahns Peak Lake area. Snowmobile recreation opportunities are available in many national forest locations. The east Rabbit Ears Pass, Dunckley Pass, Gore Pass and Columbine areas are among the most popular.