Recreation

 Photo view looking west from Crag Crest on the Grand Mesa

 

It’s the Geography – Plateaus to Peaks

The Colorado Recreation Map is a high speed zoomable map providing recreation information for Colorado's National Forest and National Grasslands.  Follow these links for specific Maps of the GMUG National Forest and the Ranger Districts.

Campground Status - click here or scroll down

Scenery and an abundance of opportunities for access draw you in and trails lead the way to the rugged canyons, big mountains, wildlife, and history of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. Over three thousand miles of trails and routes provide access to areas of rugged beauty and solitude. More....

We invite you to visit our forest and enjoy the beauty, history and challenges it has to offer.   

Use the sidebar menu on the left to search for recreation areas by activity or use the sidebar menu on the right to search by area and learn about all the different ways you can enjoy the outdoors on GMUG National Forest.

 

Rocky Mountain Region Campground Listing - a list of all campgrounds in the National Forests located in the Rocky Mountain Region

To make reservations at the concession operated campgrounds please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Almont Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Treated water.
Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed) - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor No water. No fee.
Amphitheatre Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor Treated water. 
Angel Creek Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No services. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Beaver Lake Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is May 27, 2016, depending on road conditions.
Big Blue Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out! Closed until snow melts - anticipated opening date is June 15, 2016.
Big Cimarron Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is May 27, 2016, depending on road conditions.
Big Creek Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Hand pump. Anticipated opening date is July 1, 2016.
Cement Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Cobbett Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is July 1, 2016.
Cold Spring Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Columbine Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No water. No fees.
Cottonwood Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is July 1, 2016.
Crag Crest Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water.  Anticipated opening date is July 1, 2016.
Deer Lakes Campground - Gunnison Rd Open to Visitor Hand-pump.
Dinner Station Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Divide Forks Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No services. Pack it in, Pack it out! Closed until snow melts - anticipated opening date is June 22, 2016.
Dorchester Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Erickson Springs Campground- Paonia RD Open to Visitor Water system will NOT be operational until Memorial Day Weekend.
Five-mile Day Use Area Open to Visitor Limited services
Gold Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Gothic Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is June 15, 2016.
Grand Mesa Visitor Center - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor flushed toilet open; no water
Granite Tent Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water.
Hidden Valley Tent Campground- Gunnison Rd Closed to Visitor Hazard trees, no anticipated opening. No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Iron Springs Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No services. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Island Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Treated water and electricity. Anticipated opening date is July 1, 2016.
Jumbo Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Treated water and electricity. Anticipated opening date is June 21, 2016.
Lake Irwin Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Anticipated opening date is June 15, 2016. Water system is CLOSED until further notice as of 01/01/2016.
Lakeview Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Treated water. 
Little Bear Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Treated water. Anticipated opening date is July 1, 2016.
Lodgepole Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump.
Lost Lake Campground-Paonia RD Closed to Visitor Treated water. Five Equestrian Sites.  Anticipated opening date mid-June 2016, depending on snowmelt and Kebler Pass road conditions.
Lottis Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Treated water. 
Matterhorn Campground - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor Treated water.  Anticipated opening date is May 27, 2016.
McClure Campground - Paonia RD Open to Visitor No services. No fee. Pack it in, Pack it out.
Mesa Lakes Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Fee site. Anticipated opening date is July 1, 2016.
Middle Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out! Closed until snow melts - anticipated opening date is May 27, 2016.
Mirror Lake Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is June 3, 2016.
Mosca Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is June 3, 2016.
North Bank Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump. 
One Mile Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Untreated water.
Pitkin Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor No services. No fee. Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out.
Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is June 3, 2016. 
Rivers End Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump.
Rosy Lane Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Water system CLOSED, unknown opening date.
Silver Jack Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor Treated water.
Snowblind Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Soap Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump.  
Spring Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Spruce Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. Donations accepted. Closed until snow melts - anticipated opening date is June 10, 2016.
Spruce Grove Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Treated water. Anticipated opening date is June 28, 2016.
Sunshine Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor Untreated water. 
Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No water.
Ward Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is July 1, 2016.
Weir & Johnson Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water. Anticipated opening date is July 1, 2016.
Williams Creek Campground- Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Treated water.
Woods Lake Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor Treated water. Equestrian Sites (32-36).

Spotlights

Matterhorn Cabin

photo of cabin

The Matterhorn Cabin is a great destination for anything from a family reunion to a week-long ski trip. This modern facility offers comfortable accommodations for groups of 12 or more and is available year round. Located just off the highway, it is easily accessible by passenger cars and is only 15 miles from the town of Telluride. Matterhorn Cabin Brochure

Lone Cone Cabin

The Lone Cone Cabin is a great destination for an overnight getaway or a week-long hunting trip. Built in 1936, this rustic cabin is available year round. Located just 24 miles from Norwood, Colorado, the facility can be accessed in the summer and fall by passenger vehicle or 4WD, depending on conditions. Spring and winter access is by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes along a 12-mile route.                                           

Thunder Trails System (#593, #594, #595, #596)

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. The trails west of Thunder Road (Forest Road 609) provide a rockier, more technical riding experience and offer great views of Naturita Canyon. The trails east of Thunder Road travel through the ponderosa pine forest and open meadows, providing a smoother, faster ride. Trail is open to motorcycles, mountain bikes, horses and hikers. (Trail System Brochure, Trail System Map)