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 peak wildflower blooms on our forest are happening now!  The mountain passes (Ophir, Imogene, Engineer and Cinnamon) are outstanding routes to get up high and enjoy the lush and colorful landscapes. For the more ambitious and hardier visitor, there are many miles of hiking or biking trails that lead alongside some breathtaking meadows full of columbine, paintbrush, lupine, penstemon, gilia, primrose, mountain bluebells and more. Find out more about our best wildflower viewing spots!


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.

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.


A high elevation sheep camp

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For a glimpse into a western lifetsyle, sheep ranchers are hosting the 16th annual "Open Sheep Camp" near Engineer Pass on August 4 from 10am-1pm. Visitors can experience a unique piece of living history, chat with the ranchers, pet a lamb, and see herd dogs in action. Read more about this event.

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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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.


Step back in time...

And visit one of our special heritage places.....Galloping Goose Rail to Trail, Fairview Peak Fire Lookout, the Alpine Tunnel, Trout Lake Trestle, Neosho Mine and more!

Rent a Forest Service cabin ......

Why totally "rough it" when you can stay in a Forest Service Guard Station. These cabins are excellent destinations for a weekend getaway, family reunion, or a hunting trip.

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