Royal Gorge Field Office

This office administers more than 600,000 surface acres of public land along the Front Range and 6.8 million sub-surface acres. Since the field office spans such a large area, it covers a variety of terrain and is involved in a multitude of initiatives.


Field Office Spotlight

Fairplay landfill environmental evaluation
The Bureau of Land Management has initiated an environmental evaluation of the Fairplay Landfill in Park County, Colo. The BLM will assess the landfill according to the standards set forth in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, -otherwise known as CERCLA.

The purpose of the BLM’s investigation is to determine whether the landfill has released any substances that pose a risk to human health or the environment, and, if so, to develop, evaluate and select an action to address the release. A cost analysis of possible actions will also be conducted. Assessment results and recommendations will be documented, and the BLM will publish the report ahead of a public comment period.

When the report is released, members of the community are encouraged to review it and to submit comments during the public comment period. Community input is a key component to determining the best course of action.

For questions on the assessment please contact Melissa Smeins, BLM project manager for the Bonita Peak Mining District:, (719) 429-1628.

Media enquiries, please contact Levi Spellman, BLM public affairs officer for the Rocky Mountain District:, (719) 839-1584.


Sand Gulch campground closure
The Sand Gulch campground will be closed until early 2024, due to site renovation and campground expansion construction. An alternative camping area is available ¼ quarter mile north, across the field near the corrals. The Bank campground operations are normal.

Fire Information

Please visit the Rocky Mountain District Fire Restrictions Page for information about current fire restrictions and closures. 

Browns Canyon National Monument

panoramic view of high desert landscape

Browns Canyon National Monument is managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office. Browns Canyon National Monument, including the Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area, covers approximately 22,000 acres of federally and state-managed public lands in Chaffee County. 

Online Firewood Permits

The Royal Gorge Field Office is offering the purchase of Christmas tree and fuelwood permits online. To purchase a permit visit, answer the questions, and review the terms and conditions. Payment information is collected through a secure government payment site. Please print and keep a copy of your permit for law enforcement officers to check.


Keith Berger

Field Manager

Kalem Lenard

Assistant Field Manager

Sharon Sales

Assistant Field Manager, Resources

Ray Ogle

Assistant Field Manager, Minerals and Lands