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 inforation 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. Many were carved by indigenous peoples, early explorers, and miners, and offer an experience that connects users to the land and to the prehistoric and historic past. The topography allows the forest to provide trails—beginner to extreme—all year. The mountains, plateau, and mesa that make up the forest will always provide a scenic backdrop and thus a component of the quality of life in the area.
Recreation opportunities on the GMUG National Forest are varied, and millions of visitor come here to enjoy:

  • Three ski resorts, three lodges, two organizational camps, one marina; 
  • 55 campgrounds and 13 picnic areas
  • Over 3,700 miles of system roads including national and state designated scenic byways and other scenic or recreation travel corridors
  • Over 3,500 miles of trails (hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, motorcycle riding); including sections of the Continental Divide National System Trail, and the Colorado Trail; 
  • More than 300 lakes;
  • 3,600 miles of streams;
  • A variety of historic mining sites including the San Juan Mining area, as well as the Alpine Tunnel Historic District, that includes approximately 13 miles of the former Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad railbed across the continental Divide;
  • Six mountain peaks over 14,000 feet;
  • Many popular areas for  rock and ice climbing,
  • Hours of nature viewing including observing and photographing Colorado's abundant wildlife; and
  • Hiking or driving along high elevation meadows thick with colorful wildflowers. 

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 Water available.
Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed) - Norwood RD Open to Visitor No water. No fee. Toilet.
Amphitheatre Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor Treated water. 
Angel Creek Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor Toilet, No water. No services. No fee-donations. ATV Access. 5/25/2015.
Beaver Lake Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No water.  
Big Blue Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. 
Big Cimarron Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Big Creek Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor Hand pump. 
Big Creek Reservoir Boat Launch Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No services. 
Cement Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Cobbett Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor
Cold Spring Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Columbine Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor
Cottonwood #1 Boat Launch - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor
Cottonwood Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Crag Crest Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No water.  Anticipated opening 7/01/2015.
Deer Lakes Campground - Gunnison Rd Open to Visitor Hand-pump.  Closed until mid-late July due to hazard tree removel.
Dinner Station Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Divide Forks Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No fees- no services. No water.  Anticipated opening 6/22/2015.
Dorchester Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No fees -donations. No services. No water. ATV Access    
Erickson Springs Campground- Paonia RD Open to Visitor Treated Water.
Five-mile Day Use Area Open to Visitor Limited services
Fruita Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Gold Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. Donations accepted. Single toilet.ATV Access
Gothic Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Grand Mesa Visitor Center - Grand Valley RD Open 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 fees- no services. No water. Donations accepted. 
Iron Springs Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. 
Island Lake Boat Ramp - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No water available at fish-cleaning station.
Island Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor Treated water and electricity. 
Jumbo Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor Treated water and electricity. 
Lake Irwin Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump.
Lakeview Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Treated water.  Lower loop open, the rest is weather dependent. 
Little Bear Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor Treated water.
Lodgepole Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Lost Lake Campground-Paonia RD Open to Visitor Five Equestrian Sites with 60' spur length. Treated water.
Lottis Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Treated water.  
Matterhorn Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor Treated water. 
McClure Campground - Paonia RD Open to Visitor No water/trash service, no host,no fee. Pack it in, Pack it out.
Mesa Lakes Picnic Site Open to Visitor Fee site.
Middle Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. Donations accepted.  ATV access.
Mirror Lake Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Mosca Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
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 Open to Visitor Not reservable. No services- no fee. 
Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Rivers End Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Hand-pump. 
Rosy Lane Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Treated water. 
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 Open to Visitor No fees -donation. trash, toilet, No water.ATV access
Spruce Grove Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor Treated water. 
Sunshine Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor Untreated water. 
Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No water. No services. No fee. 
Ward Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Weir & Johnson Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Williams Creek Campground- Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Treated water. 
Woods Lake Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor 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)