The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are located in the western center part of Colorado.
Where is this Forest?


Photo of alpine lake in Powderhorn Wilderness


The U.S. Forest Service celebrates 50 years of the Wilderness Act! Find a wilderness area in the Rocky Mountain Region, join and event and  more..... It's yours to enjoy and protect.  Learn more about the 10 wilderness areas on the GMUG National Forest. (Photo of the Powderhorn Wilderness, Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management)




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


Peak Wildflower viewing is now!

photo of paintbrsuh

It is spectacular! The mountain meadows are sprinkled with vibrant colors - deep blues of lupine, flashy reds of paint brush, bright yellows of alpine sunflowers and more....dont forget your camera!

A high elevation sheep camp

photo of two domestic sheep close up

For a glimpse into a western lifetsyle, sheep ranchers host an "Open Sheep Camp"  August 5 (10:00am - 1:00pm) near Engineer Pass. Visitors can experience a unique piece of living history, chat with the ranchers, pet a lamb, and see herd dogs in action. Put this on your list for August!

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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...   

New Forest Service Interactive Visitor Maps

National Forest maps from across the U.S. are featured with existing road and recreational site information and displayed through a friendly desktop or mobile interface.


Featured Campground

Little Bear is located on the Grand Mesa. Anglers have access to Island Lake boat ramp, cleaning station and fishing pier. 

A huggable Smokey ....

Smokey is out there watching you!  Get a bear hug when you demonstrate proper wildfire prevention."Huggable"