The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are located in the western center part of Colorado.
Where is this Forest?

 

photo of yellow sunflowers

Wildflowers on our forest will be spectacular this summer. Lupine, sunflowers, columbine and gilia are popping out at elevations between 9,000- 10,000 feet. The snowpack in the higher alpine areas is finally begining to melt! check out the wildflowers of the GMUG! 

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three combined Forests cover 3,161,900 acres of public land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies.

The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak.

The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with over 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.

Here are some maps to help you plan your visit to our forest:

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)- show motorized routes open to the public.

Recreation Maps - show Forest roads, trails and recreation facilities with some topographic features.

Colorado Recreation Map -provides links to all the Colorado's National Forest and National Grasslands recreation information such as motor-vehicle use maps (MVUMs), visitor use maps (zoomable), wilderness maps, websites and more.

Features

The Power of Pollinators

bee on yellow flower

The world is all a buzz about pollinators! Celebrate Pollinator Week, June 15 – 21! While many pollinators may seem like just annoying insects, they are actually a very important part of the web of life upon which we all depend. Unfortunately, pollinators have shown disturbing signs of decline in recent years.


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.....


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Spotlights

Thunder Trail System

Enjoy riding or hiking the 19 miles of single track in the Thunder Trails system near Norwood, Colorado. There are four interconnecting trail loops that offer fun and challenge for all.

Lost Lake Campground

A great place for families to camp! Enjoy fishing and hiking around Lost Lake, Dollar Lake and Lost Lake Slough. Beckwith Pass provides breathtaking vistas of the Ruby Mountain Range.

 




A huggable Smokey ....

Smokey is watching you! Get a bear hug-demonstrate proper wildfire prevention. Huggable videos!

Beyond the Bark Beetles....

Our Future Forests have much to offer. View a selection of short videos on forest regeneration, fire, recreation, and more...