The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are located in the western center part of Colorado.
Where is this Forest?


Photo of a full moon over a ridge on the forest

Spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is March 20, 2015. The sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.  For more information on the vernal or spring equinox, check out  (photo credit: Jerrod Fast)

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The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three combined Forests cover 3,161,900 acres of public land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies.

The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak.

The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with over 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.

Here are some maps to help you plan your visit to our forest:

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)- show motorized routes open to the public.

Recreation Maps - show Forest roads, trails and recreation facilities with some topographic features.

Colorado Recreation Map -provides links to all the Colorado's National Forest and National Grasslands recreation information such as motor-vehicle use maps (MVUMs), visitor use maps (zoomable), wilderness maps, websites and more.

Recent News


Experience the thrill of the chill!

photo of scientist in snow pit looking at layers

More kids are in the woods this winter thanks to several suppportive partners and a Forest Service grant. "Winter is Cool" engages students in winter outdoor activities involving nordic skiing/snowshoeing, snow science, avalanche awareness, animal winter adaptations and more. Check out the winter fun

Consider a stay at the Matterhorn Cabin nestled in the San Juans

man skiing towards camera on nordic skis

Walk out your front door, clip on your cross country skis and off you go exploring 10 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails through some of the most spectacular scenery in the San Juan Mountains. The Matterhorn Cabin, one of the GMUG's newest in the cabin rental program, is available year-round providing quick access to hiking, biking, fishing and nature viewing.

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Colorado Road Conditions

View the newest real time camera of road conditions near Skyway ontop of the Grand Mesa.

A cozy cabin in winter....

The Jackson Guard Station is a perfect winter get-away!


Beyond the Bark Beetles....

Our Future Forests have much to offer. View a selection of short videos on forest regeneration, fire, recreation, and more...   

A huggable Smokey ....

Smokey is watching you! Get a bear hug-demonstrate proper wildfire prevention. Huggable videos!