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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 Full moon over the San Juans (photo courtesy Jared Fast)

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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Prescribed Fire

This fall and early winter, the GMUG NF Ranger Districts will be burning piles of vegetation from thinning projects and burning specific areas on the forest. Prescribed fires are planned and designed in areas where specific needs for vegetation (fuel) treatment or natural resource conditions will benefit from the use of fire in the ecosystem. Prescribed fires are only ignited in an area when all parameters meet the specific burn plan conditions. Find out more about prescribed fires planned and locations of piles to be burned. 

Every Kid in a Park

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Fourth graders- this is your year to explore your public lands!  Do you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans! "Every kid in a park" is a new initiative to give 4th graders and their families the opportunity to experience their public lands and waters throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Find out more! ....

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A wintery night's stay....

Spend a warm night in a Forest Service Cabin! Three cabins are available - the Jackson in the Cimarron's, the Lone Cone near Norwood and the Matterhorn near Telluride.

Winter is here!

The GMUG National Forest offers countless opportunites for winter recreation including ski areas, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, miles of snowmobile routes and lakes for ice fishing .


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!

A huggable Smokey ....

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

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