Enjoy our photo gallery of winter scenes from our Forest. Avalanche danger is high at this time. Please check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Check local road and weather conditions before you leave home.
Spruce beetles continue to attack the forests of Southwest Colorado, according to the results of the 2013 aerial survey. The drought, dense stands of mature trees and warm winters all make for ideal conditions for the beetles, which bore into trees to feed and lay eggs.
Findings of a recent visitor survey shows U.S. Forest Service lands are great recreation destinations that provide health benefits to tourists and $11 billion in tourist spending to business and communities that serve over 160 million forest visitors nation-wide. More
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement for the final Colorado Roadless Rule. The preferred alternative identified in the impact statement provides conservation for 4.2 million acres of National Forest roadless areas within Colorado. For more on the Final Environmental Impact Statement...
Eight area high school students made an impact on-the-ground this summer for the GMUG. Through the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, students spent their summer re-routing and maintaining hiking trails, restoring impaired wetland sites, creating check dams to improve wildlife habitat, dismantling poorly placed campfire rings and tent sites in Wilderness areas - all while getting exposure to various natural resource careers with the Forest Service. More
A fabulous journey through western Colorado's history, geology, culture and nature awaits you! Twisted monoliths of ancient lands bear dinosaur bones and mineral treasures, while the Hanging Flume and the Driggs Mansion tell of human endeavors in a challenging landscape. The UTB is located south of the city of Grand Junction, and passes through the communities of Gateway, Naturita, Nucla, Redvale and Norwood. More
For those who reside in Colorado, the term “14er” holds special meaning. The word sparks images of soaring mountains, alpine vegetation and climbing accomplishments. With the hype that tends to follow recreation in Colorado, the state’s more than 50 climbable peaks over 14,000 feet act as a beacon for locals and tourists alike. The GMUG is partnering with volunteer groups to create sustainable routes for the growing demands on these peaks.
Take action to protect the amazing planet we call home. Climate change may seem like a remote problem, but it is impacting real people, animals, and our beloved places. Visit our Climate Change Education Resources. Read more about how our Forest is addressing climate change.
This is Colorado's Year of Water! The Water 2012 Campaign is a statewide effort to connect Coloradans with their water. Help us celebrate Colorado's Water! Learn more about our Forest's water resources and find links to water education programs, stewardship events and other activities.
For a glimpse into a western lifetsyle, sheep ranchers host an "Open Sheep Camp" every August near Engineer Pass. Visitors can experience a unique piece of living history, chat with the ranchers, pet a lamb, and see herd dogs in action. Put this on the list for your next Colorado visit.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax wants to ensure that trees are part of America’s landscape. Forests matter to everyone, and we must use and care for them responsibly and sustainably. It’s a goal we all share! Explore nature and create your own adventure starting here!
The Forest Service brought local high school students into the field to assist with habitat monitoring and learn about natural resource careers through two different summer programs. More on these students and the programs....
Consider an escape to the Jackson Guard Station! This remote cabin is near Silver Jack Reservoir on the Ouray Ranger District (Montrose). It is only accessible in winter by snowmobile, snowshoe or skis- but it is worth the effort! The views of the San Juan Mountains and the Cimarron Valley are spectacular.
It's finally snowing! There are some great places to explore this winter on the GMUG National Forest. Check out our winter sports page! Get your snowshoes, skis, and snowboards ready!
Forest Service Guard Stations are excellent destinations for a weekend getaway, family reunion, or a hunting trip. Several cabins are available for weekday or weekend rental. Outdoor opportunities are just outside your door including hiking, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, hunting, and wildlife viewing.