GMUG Developed Recreation Sites to Close Temporarily

Contact(s): Kim Phillips, Dylan Peters


Delta, Colorado, March 27, 2020 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests has begun the orderly closure of developed recreation sites. This management action intends to protect public health and safety and align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Safe and responsible use of forests and grasslands will reduce impacts to local communities who may be at risk from COVID-19. Closures will be in effect until April 30, 2020, at which point they will be re-evaluated.

Temporary closure of these sites will discourage dispersed recreation use by reducing congregation at trailheads, facilities and parking lots. The GMUG will not be charging day-use fees but will also not be providing public services, such as bathroom facilities, trash removal and parking lot maintenance.

Effective immediately, the following rental cabins are temporarily shut down and unavailable to rent via Recreation.gov:

  • Lone Cone Cabin
  • Matterhorn Cabin
  • Jackson Guard Station

Notifications to renters will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. COVID-19 poses unique and unprecedented risks to our workforce, visitors and the communities we live in and support. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19. 

The GMUG will continue to coordinate its COVID-19 response in alignment with all federal, state and local guidance. Everyone is urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most recent CDC guidelines are available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html. Additional information is also available at https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

Relevant GMUG recreation information:

  • Broadly, Forest visitors will find limited access for roads, trails and recreation sites, which is typical on the GMUG for this time of year.
  • Information about rental cabins has been updated on Recreation.gov.
  • All GMUG campgrounds and visitor centers, as well as many trailheads and picnic areas, are seasonally closed and will remain in that state indefinitely.
  • Many National Forest System roads are impassable due to seasonal closures, snow drifts, waterlogged roadbeds, downed trees or other debris. Wheeled motor vehicle users may not travel off designated roads and trails or through wet areas. Refer to Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps for routes that are designated open to motor vehicle travel here.

The GMUG has moved to virtual services. Please visit us at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/gmug and access our forest maps at www.fs.fed.us/ivm.

If you need immediate assistance or have any questions, please call the following Forest Service offices.

  • Forest Supervisor’s Office – Delta – (970) 874-6600
  • Grand Valley Ranger District – Grand Junction – (970) 242-8211
  • Ouray Ranger District – Montrose – (970) 240-5300
  • Gunnison Ranger District – Gunnison – (970) 641-0471
  • Norwood Ranger District – Norwood – (970) 327-4261
  • Paonia Ranger District – Paonia – (970) 527-4131




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