The Colorado State Forest (CSF) and its field office are within the Steamboat Springs Field Office area of the Colorado State Forest Service. The CSF office is one of 17 field offices throughout Colorado. This 71,000-acre state trust property is in north-central Colorado.
The state forest stretches approximately 28 miles north and south along the Medicine Bow Mountains. It is 8 miles wide at its widest point and 1 mile wide at its narrowest point.
The CSF is a high mountain forest with elevations ranging from 8,000 feet to 12,900 feet on the top of Clark Peak. Approximately 52,000 acres of the site is forested. Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir dominate the higher elevations; lodgepole pine and quaking aspen are found at the mid and lower elevations.
The majority of the state forest is bordered by public land. The Routt National Forest lies to the north and south; the Roosevelt National Forest lies to the south and east, and includes the Rawah and Neota Wilderness areas. Rocky Mountain National Park lies to the southeast. The western boundary abuts private land, state trust land and Bureau of Land Management lands.