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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Thirteen years ago, the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) returned to its native range within the state of Colorado from which it had been absent for more than 25 years. Today, Colorado's lynx population consists of surviving reintroduced adults, lynx born to reintroduced animals, and the offspring of first- and second-generation and native-born lynx. While the exact size of the population in Colorado is not known, CPW estimates there are currently between 200 to 300 lynx in the state. Read more...   Photo credit: Flickr user Eric Kilby.

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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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Help make science come alive for you students-inspire them to make a difference! Project Edubat is a collaborative effort to bring bats to the classroom with newly developed bat activities, resources, lesson plans, and educational trunks that will be available across the country for your use.

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Colorado Road Conditions

View the newest real time camera of road conditions near Skyway ontop of the Grand Mesa.

A cozy cabin in winter....

The Jackson Guard Station is a perfect winter get-away!


Beyond the Bark Beetles....

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

A huggable Smokey ....

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