The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are located in the western center part of Colorado.
Where is this Forest?


Explore----Play---- Experience the magic that lives in the forest this fall! The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are your public lands.  It's All Yours - Go. Play.

Share Your Outdoor Experience with Yonder: The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with Yonder, and app designed for sharing your love of the outdoors. Get the app and share your fall color experience!

Upcoming Events- not to miss! September 25 is Color Sunday on the Grand Mesa!
The aspen colors will be near peak. Enjoy the scenery and visit the local merchants along the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway.

Fall Colors- Anticipated peak color is September 21-October 10.
Aspens are approaching peak (9/24) and patches of orange oakbrush are scattered across hillsides at lower elvevations. Now is the time to enjoy Fall on tthe GMUG. Take a scenic drive or surround yourself with yellow aspens on a hike or bike ride.  Check out our suggested scenic drives, and hikes! Find out  more on Fall colors on the GMUG (2016).


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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GMUG Campgrounds

Our campgrounds will be closing soon! (9/29)  Click above for a current list of open campgrounds. You can always disperse camp on the GMUG (guidelines).

Field Rangers - connecting you with special places on our forest!

Field rangers are the “new” face of the Forest Service, mingling with visitors and helping connect people to the forest, to nature and to the mission of the Forest Service...... Caring for the land and serving the people.

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Are you an ATV Rider?

Check out what's new with the Silver Spruce Trail (# 517) on the Grand Mesa-thanks to the Western Slope ATV Association.

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!


Grand Mesa Visitor Center

Color Sunday is September 25. Check out the new Moose exhibit at the visitor center and enjoy the fall scenery along the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway!

A huggable Smokey ....

Smokey is watching you! Get a bear hug-demonstrate proper wildfire prevention. Huggable videos!

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