The Grand Mesa Visitor Center

photo of inside of visitor center

Visitors can purchase  maps, Recreation Passes (Annual, Senior, Access Passes). Forest Service fuelwood permits will not be available for the 2018 season. Helpful staff are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the summer season to answer your questions and provide recommendations to enhance your visit. 

If you have time, join the visitor center staff for a nature hike or listen to a presentation by resource specialists on various topics from wildflowers to moose. Browse the gift shop for maps, local nature books and other merchandise provided by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Check out our list of summer activities planned for visitors including nature presentations, discovery hikes, and Moose Day Activities- celebrating "Moose on the Mesa"  the last Saturday of July each year. 

2019 Interpretive Programs Schedule

More information on the Discovery Trail



The Grand Mesa Visitor Center is open 9 am - 5 pm, 7 days a week from Memorial Day Weekend until the Last Sunday in September

GPS Address:
20090 Baron Lake Drive, Cedaredge, Colorado 81413
Phone: (970) 856-4153
The Visitor Center is located along the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway (Highway 65 & FSR 121 between MP 26 & 27).


From Cedaredge, Colorado go north on State Highway 65 for 15.6 miles. Turn right on Forest Road #121. The Grand Mesa Visitor Center is on the right immediately after turning onto Forest Road #121. (Site Location: 20090 Baron Lake Drive, Cedaredge, Colorado 81413) (Map)

From Interstate 70 take Exit 49. Follow CO 65 east for 10 miles then turn south on CO 65. The visitor center is 34 miles from Interstate 70. (Map and directions  from I-70)


2 bull moose in grass

Join the fun on Moose Day!  Join the Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife as well as other partners for a day of moose activities including  presentations on moose biology, moose re-introductions, and radio tracking. Moose Day is the last Saturday in July from 10 am to 4 pm. 



photo of rental cabin on grand mesa

You can win an outdoor adventure for your family!  Grab a 'Families in the Forest' activity packet at the Grand Mesa Visitor Center and return it to the Visitor Center or Grand Valley office to be entered to win great prizes like a one night stay at a Forest Service Cabin!


photo of picture taking on Color Sunday

The Grand Mesa is full of photo opportunities year round. Make sure you set aside time to visit in the fall when the Aspen leaves are changing, especially on Color Sunday when there are fun activities to enjoy!


kids looking over the wall at Lands End

Grand Mesa National Forest has plenty of sights to visit. For example, take in the big view from Land's End Observatory down Forest Service Road 100.