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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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.

Recent News


Features

Our Forest and Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today.  Because forests and grasslands store carbon, provide clean water, and conserve wildlife habitat, they play a crucial role in a changing climate. Read more about the GMUG and climate change. Check out our Climate Change Education Resources.


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!


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Spotlights

Colorado Road Conditions

View the newest real time camera of road conditions near Skyway ontop of the Grand Mesa.

Colorado's forest health

Here are the results of the 2014 annual aerial forest health surveys in Colorado.....

 




Beyond the Bark Beetles....

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

A huggable Smokey ....

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