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.
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.
Tracks can tell a biologist a lot about the movement and occurrence of animal species in an area. And fresh layers of snow during the winter can provide a virtual diary of daily or weekly animal activities. The Gunnison National Forest wildlife biologist, Matt Vasquez has initiated a snow tracking program involving interested students and volunteers to help him figure out where all the winter “animal action” is!
Citizen stewards celebrated the 50th anniversay of the Wilderness Act by putting some of the “wild” back into the Raggeds Wilderness. The weed eradication day helps ensure more quality forage to give elk a winter survival boost
This is the 25th Anniversary of Colorado's Scenic and Historic Byways. In 1989, the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program was created to promote these fantastic routes. Colorado has more national byways than any other state! There’s a little something for everyone. Read more about the scenic byway routes in and around the GMUG!
A new small vehicle bridge now spans Leon Creek. Riders of ATV’s and UTV’s no longer have to ford high waters of the creek crossing. Thanks to the efforts of many partners, the bridge enables safe, longer and quality ATV ventures!
Want to experience the great outdoors with some of the ammenities of home? Consider a stay at one of our cabin rentals. Now available is the Matterhorn Cabin 15 miles from Telluride and the Lone Cone Cabin 24 miles southeast of Norwood.
Forest Service grows the next generation of land stewards through Youth Conservation Corps.
Help make science come alive for you students-inspire them to make a difference! Project Edubat is a collaborative effort to bring bats to the classroom with newly developed bat activities, resources, lesson plans, and educational trunks that will be available across the country for your use.
For a glimpse into a western lifetsyle, sheep ranchers host an "Open Sheep Camp" near Engineer Pass every August. 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 your list for next year!
Unique to Colorado's Rocky Mountains, these lush wet meadows are rich in plant diversity and occur in some of the most scenic locations on our forest. Find out more...
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!
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.
Are you a high school student looking for a summer job outdoors? Consider the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. Last summer eight area high school students made an impact on-the-ground for our forest re-routing and maintaining hiking trails, restoring impaired wetland sites, creating check dams to improve wildlife habitat, and more - all while getting exposure to various natural resource careers with the Forest Service. For applications and contact information More on YCC summer projects.
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