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


The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are your public lands. Here is a sampling of the many activities you can enjoy in the forest. There are surprises to discover everywhere! This summer make time to visit, explore and enjoy! It's All Yours - Go. Play.

Upcoming Events- Dont miss these!

  • July 30 - Moose on the Mesa Celebration - Come join the fun! (Flyer)
  • August 2 - Sheep Day- visit a high elevation sheep camp (information)
  • Every Saturday (2:00 pm) - nature presentations at the Grand Mesa Visitor Center (2016 schedule


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 the Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.


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Families in the Forest!

Come to our forest with your family and win an outdoor adventure! Kids (and your parents) get invovled in a few outdoor activities on the Grand Mesa National Forest- enter a contest and win some sweet prizes! Check out the contest details.....

Every Kid in a Park

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Fourth graders- this is your year to explore your public lands!  Do you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans! "Every kid in a park" is a new initiative to give 4th graders and their families the opportunity to experience their public lands and waters throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Find out more! ....

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GMUG Campgrounds

Many of the GMUG campgrounds are snow free and open. Current list of open campgrounds and ammenities.

Are you an ATV Rider?

Check out what's new with the Silver Spruce Trail (# 517) on the Grand Mesa-thanks to the Western Slope ATV Association.


Step back in time....

And visit one of our special heritage places.....Galloping Goose Rail to Trail, Fairview Peak Fire Lookout, the Alpine Tunnel, Trout Lake Trestle, Neosho Mine and more!

Grand Mesa Visitor Center

is OPEN! This summer join a nature talk or hike and learn more about your forest!

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