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


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Winter is a great time to discover our forest!  With miles of winter trails to explore, acres of  forested areas to ride and 3 ski resorts to check out- there is no better time to visit our forest and enjoy the snow! Find out more about our winter recreation opportunities...


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 the Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.


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Recent News


GMUG recruiting for seasonal jobs

Recruitment for seasonal employees in a variety of areas such as fire, trails, forestry, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, archeology, and visitor information has begun.  Job seekers can apply for fire positions January 7-14, 2016. Applications for other positions will be acepted in early February and March.  GMUG Outreach Information. More on Rocky Mountain Region 2016 job opportunities

Every Kid in a Park

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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! ....

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A wintery night's stay....

Spend a warm night in a Forest Service Cabin! Three cabins are available - the Jackson in the Cimarron's, the Lone Cone near Norwood and the Matterhorn near Telluride.

Winter is here!

The GMUG National Forest offers countless opportunites for winter recreation including ski areas, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, miles of snowmobile routes and lakes for ice fishing .


A Snowmobilers Paradise!

The GMUG is a snowmobiling hot spot in western Colorado and is known for its abundant snowfall, great trails, and off-trail riding that cover hundreds of acres.

Know before you go!

Check out the Grand Mesa Real Time Road Conditions.  Follow this link for other CDOT Road Cameras.

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