GMUG National Forest Road Conditions

photo of snow packed roads on forest

 A forest road on the Uncompahgre Plateau ( 11/2013).

Know before you go....

  • Many forest roads are gravel and rough.
  • High clearance vehicles are advised. Stay on your side of the road.  
  • Travel mountain passes in high clearance vehicles. 
  • Forest Service Roads are not plowed in winter. Check the weather before venturing onto Forest roads in winter.
  • Be prepared and be safe!

Current Conditions - April 2014

The wildlife winter range gates and management restrictions will be lifted on 4/11 instead of 4/15  due to snow free conditions at those elevations and the opening of turkey season on 4/12. Motorized access will not be permitted past any given gate until it is physically open by agency personnel.

Please refrain from driving on roads during wet conditions. Spring saturation allows travel routes to be damaged by rutting, erosion and surface material displacement. The lower elevations (below 5,000’) on south facing slopes are generally firm and suitable for travel. Best places for late winter/early spring hikes and drives are the routes at lower elevations.

Shed antler hunters -  the deer are shedding and the elk have started to shed. Please do not harass or chase animals! Big game still need to conserve energy to sruvive the remainder of winter. 

Check county road conditions for specific areas (websites below). Please refer to the MVUM maps (seasonal designation table) for roads closed to motorized travel. These closures are to protect wildlife on their designated winter range. Generally these closures begin either December 1, 2013 or January 1, 2014 and will remain in effect until April 15, 2014 or later.

 Uncompahgre Plateau (Plateau and Mountain Division) 

  •  Spring Road Status Report -  April 9, 2014 (Seasonal closures are still in effect until 4/12).

Gunnison - Gunnison District: There are seasonal closures for Sage-grouse and big game protection in the following areas:

  • Almont Triangle seasonal wildlife closures - December 1- May 15 (Map)

  • Flat Top Mountain seasonal wildlife closures - January 1- June 15 (Map)

North Fork - Paonia District

  • Kebler Pass is closed for the winter (11/16/2013) - call (970) 641-0044 for more information.

  • Road Status Report

Grand Mesa, Fruita Division and Uncompahgre Plateau portion of the Grand Valley Ranger District:

  County Road Conditions

 Colorado State Road Reports

More Information on GMUG National Forest Roads 

Employee putting chains on truck

In some winter conditions, four-wheel drive is just not enough!