The peak wildflower blooms on our forest are happening now! The mountain passes (Ophir, Imogene, Engineer and Cinnamon) are outstanding routes to get up high and enjoy the lush and colorful landscapes. For the more ambitious and hardier visitor, there are many miles of hiking or biking trails that lead alongside some breathtaking meadows full of columbine, paintbrush, lupine, penstemon, gilia, primrose, mountain bluebells and more. Find out more about our best wildflower viewing spots!
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.
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.