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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Fairview Peak Fire Lookout, in Gunnison National Forest, is considered the highest fire lookout in the world at 13,214 feet. Since 2008, the Forest Service has been stabilizing and restoring the lookout. In 2015 with the help from Historicorps, the cupola was rebuilt on top of the stone structure.   Find out more about this historic site.  (photo credit: Xavier Fane) 

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.


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Is the great outdoors calling you?

Summer is finally here and it is time to get connected to the great outdoors! The Delta Outdoor Heritage Day, Saturday June 4 (10 am -2 pm) at Confluence Park is the gateway for summer fun and adventures. Find out more!

Families in the Forest!

Come to our forest with your family and win an outdoor adventure! Kids (and your parents) get invovled in a few outdoor activities on the Grand Mesa National Forest- enter a contest and win some sweet prizes! Check out the contest details.....

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"It's All Yours - Go. Play."

 Go Play in your National Forests. There are 193 Million acres of national forests and grasslands that await you. Let’s start exploring.

Planning a summer wedding?

The National Forest can be a beautiful setting for a wedding.  Please plan on obtaining a special use permit for your event !


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!

Know before you go!

Check out the Grand Mesa Real Time Road Conditions.  Follow this link for other CDOT Road Cameras.

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