XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

The GMUG National Forest offers visitors countless opportunites for undeveloped backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding. You can backcountry ski, board or snowshoe just about anywhere on the GMUG  if you are willing to break trail! Many areas have groomed cross-country ski trails such as the Ironton Town Site, County Line on the Grand Mesa, and Matterhorn near Trout Lake. Some ungroomed areas are so popular you will always find tracks to follow. Backcountry options abound from a quiet self -sufficient hut to hut endeavor, to a mechanized delivery of you and your friends (via snowcat or helicopter) to some of the best untouched fresh powder in southwestern Colorado.  Before you head out into the backcountry, be prepared and monitor avalanche conditions!

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


Snowboard Groomer

Snowmobile on side of mt

Snowmobile Rider on the Grand Mesa.

3 guys on snow covered area on snowshoes

Enjoying the views while getting a workout on snowshoes.