GMUG National Forest Road Conditions
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 - March 2014
Travel conditions at the lower elevations (below 9,000’ depending on aspect) are at the end of the over the snow travel and heading into mud season. At higher elevations (above 9000’ depending on aspect) over the snow will be good for another month or two. We are experiencing rotten snow at lower elevations, however, the snow in higher elevations is starting to settle and become more stable. Use a lot of caution in route selection and be very aware of local weather and avalanche conditions (updated daily).
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 not really started yet. 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)
Gunnison - Gunnison District: There are seasonal closures for Sage-grouse and big game protection in the following areas:
North Fork - Paonia District:
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