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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US Forest Service Celebrates Historic Preservation Milestone (USDA Blog).  HistoriCorps volunteers enjoy the view after a long day of hard work!  Fairview Peak Fire Lookout has a spectacular view of the Gunnison National Forest, the La Garita and Collegiate Ranges and the Continental Divide. The one-room lookout, the highest in North America, was built in 1912. A stabilization and restoration project began in 2008. In 2015, the HistoriCorps helped to rebuild the cupola. (Photo courtesy 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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Work for Nature

STUDENTS and RECENT GRADUATES- the Forest Service wants to hire you! Online hiring event is October 31-November 4.  More information 

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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GMUG Campgrounds

Our campgrounds will be closing soon! Current list of open campgrounds. You can disperse camp (guidelines)

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!

Winter is coming!

Are you prepared?  Know before you go - check out GMUG winter travel information. 

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