Prescribed Fire

This fall and early winter, the GMUG NF Ranger Districts will be burning piles of vegetation from thinning projects and burning specific areas on the forest. Prescribed fires are planned and designed in areas where specific needs for vegetation (fuel) treatment or natural resource conditions will benefit from the use of fire in the ecosystem. Prescribed fires are only ignited in an area when all parameters meet the specific burn plan conditions. Find out more about prescribed fires planned and locations of piles to be burned. 

Every Kid in a Park

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! ....

Interested in Geology?

Take a drive along one of the scenic byways on the GMUG and learn how the dynamic geology of the area has shaped the land and settlements of western Colorado. The GMUG has several road logs with descriptions of the geology of McClure Pass, Kebler Pass and the Grand Mesa. For more information on each road log click here.

Join the Lorax to discover your forest and explore all the wonder that is there!

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!

Whacking Weeds in Wilderness

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

Thanks for all your hard work!

Forest Service grows the next generation of land stewards through Youth Conservation Corps.

Heroes of the night!

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.

Partners bridge the gap between trail safety and ATV ventures!

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!

Scenic Corridors on the GMUG

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!

New cabins available to rent!

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.

Our Forest and Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today.  Because forests and grasslands store carbon, provide clean water, and conserve wildlife habitat, they play a crucial role in a changing climate. Read more about the GMUG and climate change. Check out our Climate Change Education Resources.

Fens- unique high altitude wetlands

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...

Snow tracking lynx and other wildlife

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!

Results of the annual aerial forest health survey

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.

Local youth energize Forest Service summer projects

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.

Unaweep -Tabequache Scenic and Historic Byway

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

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.....

Rent a guard station on your next visit!

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.

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

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.

Experience the thrill of the chill!

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

Celebrate Colorado's 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.

National Public Lands Day - September 27

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the "tree army" that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America's natural heritage. Consider giving something back to your public lands. Check out volunteer projects in Colorado....

High School students get into the field for invaluable experiences

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....

The Benefits of Visiting National Forests!

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

GMUG partnerships improve popular

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.   

The return of native cutthroat trout on the GMUG

Approximately 250 cutthroat were re-introduced into Woods Lake this summer as part of an ongoing project to restore the species to its native habitat. After the population grows in a few years, fishing at this scenic lake will be an anglers delight!