Features

Peak Wildflower viewing is now!

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!

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.   

Our Forest and Climate Change

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.

A high elevation sheep camp

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.

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

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!

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....

Consider a stay in one of our guard stations 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.

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!