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 Closed to Visitor No water.
Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed) Closed to Visitor No water. Toilet.
Amphitheatre Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water.
Angel Creek Campground Closed to Visitor No water. No services.
Beaver Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Big Blue Campground Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water.
Big Cimarron Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Big Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Hand pump.
Big Creek Reservoir Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor No services.
Cement Creek Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Cobbett Campground Closed to Visitor Due to Construction.
Cold Spring Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Columbine Campground Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water.
Cottonwood #1 Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor
Cottonwood Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Crag Crest Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Deer Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Dinner Station Campground Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Divide Forks Campground Closed to Visitor No fees- no services. No water.
Dorchester Campground Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. Donations accepted.
Erickson Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Will remain open until closed by snow. No water/trash service, no host,no fee. Pack it in, Pack it out.
Five-mile Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Limited services
Fruita Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Gold Creek Campground Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. Donations accepted. Single toilet.
Gothic Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Grand Mesa Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Granite Tent Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Hidden Valley Tent Campground Closed to Visitor No fees- no services. No water. Donations accepted.
Iron Springs Campground Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water.
Island Lake Boat Launch Closed to Visitor No water available at fish-cleaning station.
Island Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water and electricity.
Jumbo Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water and electricity.
Lake Irwin Campground Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Lakeview Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water.
Little Bear Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water. No water as of 9/30.
Lodgepole Campground Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Lost Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Will remain open until closed by snow. No water/trash service, no host,no fee. Pack it in, Pack it out. Equestrian sites.
Lottis Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water.
Matterhorn Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water.
McClure Campground Closed to Visitor Will remain open until closed by snow. No water/trash service, no host,no fee. Pack it in, Pack it out.
Middle Quartz Campground Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water. Donations accepted.
Mirror Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Mosca Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
North Bank Campground Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
One Mile Campground Closed to Visitor Untreated water.
Pitkin Campground Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area Closed to Visitor Not reservable. No services- no fee.
Quartz Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Rivers End Campground Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Rosy Lane Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water.
Silver Jack Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water.
Snowblind Campground Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Soap Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Spring Creek Campground Closed to Visitor No water
Spruce Campground Closed to Visitor No fees - no services. No water.
Spruce Grove Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water.
Sunshine Campground Closed to Visitor Untreated water.
Thistledown Campground Closed to Visitor No water. No services.
Ward Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Weir and Johnson Campground Closed to Visitor No water.
Williams Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Treated water.
Woods Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No water available (9/6). Equestrian Sites (32-36.)