Special Places

Wild and Special ...

looking down at the ridge line to Redcliff Peak

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest includes:



Big Views and Scenic Drives...

photo of car on road with mountains in  backdrop

Several scenic byways and travel corridors:

  • One National Scenic Byway- the Grand Mesa Byway
  • Sections of an All-American Road- the San Juan Skyway
  • Four State Designated Scenic Byways: the Alpine Loop, Unaweep, Silverthread, and West Elk Loop
  • Seven additional travel corridors with high quality scenery and/or recreational values


Following the Trail...

5 backpackers hiking down a trail in a river valley towards the mountains

Many miles of motorized and non-motorized single-track trails including several trails with special designations:

  • Five National Trails designated for historic, scenic or recreational significance
  • One proposed National Discovery Trail
  • One State Designated Trail, the Colorado Trail

Recreation Areas