It is spectacular! The mountain meadows are sprinkled with vibrant colors - deep blues of lupine, flashy reds of paint brush, bright yellows of alpine sunflowers and more....dont forget your camera!
The state of Colorado is home to many spectacular roads, and 25 of these are recognized as scenic or historic byways. In 1989, the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program was created to promote these fantastic routes, eleven of which are also designated as America’s Byways. This gives the state more national byways than any other. With this number of byways, there’s a little something for everyone. Read more about the scenic byway routes in and around the GMUG!
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.
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!
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...
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
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.
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.
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....
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
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.
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.