This is the 25th Anniversary of Colorado's Scenic and Historic Byways. In 1989, the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program was created to promote these fantastic routes. Colorado has more national byways than any other state! There’s a little something for everyone with exceptional scenic, historic, recreational, ecological, and/or cultural values. The GMUG National Forest has six of the byways. Read more about the scenic travel corridors in and around the GMUG! (photo credit: P Owens).
Fall Color Update: September 14, 2014
Most of forest is at 20% color change for aspen, 5-10% color change for mid-elevation shrubs except the Grand Mesa. The northside of Mesa is at 50% color change and the southside is about 30%. Aspen leaves are tipped with bright orange – very beautiful! Evening temperatures have been above freezing in most areas of the forest. More information on Fall Colors on the GMUG. View your pictures of Colorado's Wilderness areas.
Peak Color for the GMUG are expected to be September 27th and Oct 4th weekends.
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.