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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Enjoy the mild October weather - the first snow is just around the corner!  (Photo courtesy: P. Owens)

Fall Color Watch
October: Continued mild weather has allowed patches of aspens to retain yellow leaves at lower elevations. The cottonwoods along river valleys are brightly colored at this time.  Please remember to pull off to the side and not stand on the road when photographing or enjoying the scenery.  More on Fall colors

Follow the USDA 2015 fall color blog - Autumn in America

Winter Recreation Site Closures

Grand Mesa Visitor Center is CLOSED for the winter!
Many campgrounds on the forest are now closed. Open Campgrounds- recreation condition report


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.

Recent News


Prescribed Fire

This fall and early winter, the GMUG NF Ranger Districts will be burning piles of vegetation from thinning projects and burning specific areas on the forest. Prescribed fires are planned and designed in areas where specific needs for vegetation (fuel) treatment or natural resource conditions will benefit from the use of fire in the ecosystem. Prescribed fires are only ignited in an area when all parameters meet the specific burn plan conditions. Find out more about prescribed fires planned and locations of piles to be burned. 

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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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.

Looking for a open campground?

Many of the campgrounds on our forest are still open, however, the water systems have been winterized. We ask that you pack your trash out. Check here for a

A new mountain bike trail?

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

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!

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