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 Closed to Visitor Water system was winterized 09/29/2015.
Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed) - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor No water. No fee.
Amphitheatre Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor Treated water.  Scheduled to close 10/07/2015
Angel Creek Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water. No services. No fee-donations. ATV Access.
Beaver Lake Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water.  
Big Blue Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. 
Big Cimarron Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Big Creek Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Hand pump. Projected opening date is July 1, 2016.
Cement Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Cobbett Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Projected opening date is July 1, 2016.
Cold Spring Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Columbine Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor
Cottonwood Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water. Projected opening date is July 1, 2016.
Crag Crest Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water.  Anticipated opening 7/01/2015.
Deer Lakes Campground - Gunnison Rd Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.  Closed until mid-late July due to hazard tree removel.
Dinner Station Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump. Water system was winterized 09/29/2015.
Divide Forks Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No fees- no services. No water.  Anticipated opening 6/22/2015.
Dorchester Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No fees -donations. No services. No water. ATV Access    
Erickson Springs Campground- Paonia RD Closed to Visitor Water system was winterized 09/29/2015.
Five-mile Day Use Area Open to Visitor Limited services
Gold Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. Donations accepted. Single toilet.ATV Access
Gothic Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor
Grand Mesa Visitor Center - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor flushed toilet open; no water
Granite Tent Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Hidden Valley Tent Campground- Gunnison Rd Closed to Visitor Hazard trees, no anticipated opening No fees- no services. No water. Donations accepted. 
Iron Springs Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. 
Island Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Treated water and electricity. 
Jumbo Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Treated water and electricity. 
Lake Irwin Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump has been winterized as of 09/30/2015.
Lakeview Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Treated water.  Lower loop open, the rest is weather dependent. 
Little Bear Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Treated water.
Lodgepole Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.  Water system was winterized 09/29/2015.
Lost Lake Campground-Paonia RD Closed to Visitor Five Equestrian Sites with 60' spur length.
Lottis Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Treated water.  Water system was winterized 09/29/2015.
Matterhorn Campground - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor Treated water.  Scheduled to close 10/07/2015
McClure Campground - Paonia RD Closed to Visitor No water/trash service, and no host. Please Pack it in, Pack it out.
Mesa Lakes Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Fee site.
Middle Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. Donations accepted.  ATV access.
Mirror Lake Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Mosca Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
North Bank Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump. Water system was winterized 09/29/2015.
One Mile Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Untreated water. 
Pitkin Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor Not reservable. No services- no fee. 
Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Rivers End Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Rosy Lane Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Treated water.  Water system was winterized 09/29/2015
Silver Jack Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor Treated water. 
Snowblind Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Soap Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Spring Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Spruce Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No fees -donation. trash, toilet, No water.ATV access
Spruce Grove Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Treated water. 
Sunshine Campground - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor Untreated water. 
Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor Toilet. No water. No fee. 
Ward Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Weir & Johnson Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Williams Creek Campground- Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Treated water. 
Woods Lake Campground - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor Equestrian Sites (32-36.). Campground will close 10/26/2015. No water, No fee. Portajohns and dumpster are provided.

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)