Safety tips while you are enjoying our forest.
Whether you're roughing it in a tent or planning a family outing to the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest, there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe.
Check the quick links below before starting your journey. We suggest you call the local Forest Service Ranger Districts for the latest information on fire restrictions, road closures due to weather or construction and area closures due to wildlife.
2013 Fire Information
2013 Pass Closures: Imogene, Ophir, and Black Bear Passes are closed for the winter. Cinnamon and Engineer are temporarily closed (check county web pages).
GMUG Road Conditions - information on current road and gate closures, seasonal willdife closures, links for county road conditions, and other useful information such as:
what to expect when travelling on forest roads,
speed limits on forest roads,
easements for private access across public lands,
snow removal on forest roads,
road closures - when and why
GMUG travel management information
Colorado Road Reports- information on the status of mountain passes and county roads. Roads are sometimes closed during the winter for avalanche control, check here before you go!
National Weather Service
Avalanche Safety - what you should know before you go!
Outdoor Ethics and Safety: Here are just a few reminders to consider while enjoying a hike, ski, bike ride or camping trip on our forest such as what to carry in the woods, emergency procedures, and just some common sense tips to keep you safe! Check the Outdoor Ethics and Safety Page for more information to help you enjoy a safe visit with minimal impacts!
Thunderstorms often develop in the afternoon in the Colorado high country. Visiting early in the day and being back near or in your vehicle by afternoon is advisable.
Be aware of high altitude sickness, it can be life threatening. If you are not acclimated, do not overexert and drink plenty of water!
Hypothermia can be a hazard throughout the year.
Watch the weather in September and be prepared for an early snow storm.
Rocky Mountain Region Special Orders
Forest Supervisor's Special Orders for the GMUG National Forest