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....
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
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!
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!
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.