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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The U.S. Forest Service celebrates 50 years of the Wilderness Act!  Learn more about the 10 wilderness areas on the GMUG National Forest. Find a wilderness area in the Rocky Mountain Region, join and event and  more..... View your amazing images of our wilderness areas - they are yours to enjoy and protect! (Moose wading across Crystal Lake, near Red Mountain Pass Credit: Andrew Roe).

October 13, 2014 : Beautiful - many areas of our forest are still very colorful!

  • The Grand Mesa is past Peak! (Many yellow aspens, some treeless stands, some green at lower elevations) 
  • Red Mountain and Silverton areas are just past peak - Oakbrush is beautiful! Backdrop of snowy San Juans!
  • Gunnison (Fossil Ridge Wilderness, Marshall Pass, Monarch area)  are past peak but still colorful!
  • Lake City -  past peak.
  • Crested Butte - past peak.
  • Kebler Pass- just pas peaking!
  • Owl Creek Pass, Mount Sneffels Wilderness (Blue Lakes TH) - Peak Now! 
  • Uncompahgre Plateau - Peak Now! 
  • Colbran- Paonia Areas - Just past peak!

More information on Fall Colors on the GMUG. View your pictures of Colorado's Wilderness areas.


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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It is easy to get caught up in the mystery and fear that surround bats, especially around Halloween. This year instead of fearing bats, celebrate and help them during the first National Bat Week, October 26 through November 1.

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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...   

Featured Campgrounds

Woods Lake (near Telluride), Lost Lake (near Kebler Pass) and several other campgrounds will remain open through October. No fees. No services. 


Take a Hike!

Looking for a scenic trail to hike? Here are a few maps of our popular trails. Don’t forget to take the ten essentials in your pack!

A huggable Smokey ....

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