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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Halloween is approaching! Explore the ghost towns and mining haunts located in and around the GMUG National Forest. Engage your imagination, absorb the inspiring yet harsh surroundings, and take a step back in time!  Image courtesy of Daniel Ter-Nedden  (


View images of Fall Colors on the GMUG and your pictures of Colorado's Wilderness areas.


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 Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.

Here are some maps to help you plan your visit to our forest:

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)- show motorized routes open to the public.

Recreation Maps - show Forest roads, trails and recreation facilities with some topographic features.

Colorado Recreation Map -provides links to all the Colorado's National Forest and National Grasslands recreation information such as motor-vehicle use maps (MVUMs), visitor use maps (zoomable), wilderness maps, websites and more.

Recent News


Thanks for all your hard work!

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Forest Service grows the next generation of land stewards through Youth Conservation Corps.

Heroes of the night!

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It is easy to get caught up in the mystery and fear that surround bats, especially around Halloween. This year instead of fearing bats, celebrate and help them during the first National Bat Week, October 26 through November 1.

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Beyond the Bark Beetles....

Our Future Forests have much to offer. View a selection of short videos on forest regeneration, fire, recreation, and more...   

Featured Campgrounds

Woods Lake (near Telluride), Lost Lake (near Kebler Pass) and several other campgrounds will remain open through October. No fees. No services. 


Take a Hike!

Looking for a scenic trail to hike? Here are a few maps of our popular trails. Don’t forget to take the ten essentials in your pack!

A huggable Smokey ....

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