GMUG National Forest Road Conditions

jeep on cleared road with snow banks

Check county websites (links below) for mountain pass openings.

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 - June 2014

The high elevation areas on our forest are still covered with snow. All the mountain passes have several feet of snow, therefore, it will be sometime before they can be opened. Motorized access will not be permitted past any given gate until it is physically open by agency personnel. (Ouray County four-wheel drive road schedule)

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.

Check county road conditions for specific areas and the opening of mountain passes (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:

  • Road Status Report - June 26, 2014

  • 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, Road damage - call (970) 641-0044 for more information.

  • Road Status Report -June 27, 2014

                  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