GMUG continues to open developed recreation facilities

Contact(s): Kim Phillips, Dylan Peters

Delta, Colorado, June 24, 2020 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests continue to work through an ever-changing situation to open recreational access to public land users while adhering to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance, along with state and local government public health orders while prioritizing public and employee health and safety.

In accordance with current risk assessments, the GMUG National Forests have begun phased opening of recreation sites and facilities with mitigation measures in place. Some of these mitigation measures include increased access to personal protective equipment and sanitization for employees, social distancing in campsites, and installing physical barriers to protect employees.

Public land users are asked to recreate responsibly and check local conditions ahead of time. Current information on campground status and the GMUG National Forests’ management of the coronavirus can be found at Additional information can be found by calling the appropriate office listed above, by visiting the official GMUG National Forests website, or by visiting our social media at or

The GMUG National Forests will continue to assess possible risks after a site has opened. If risks cannot be mitigated, the site will undergo review and may be closed. All sites at open campgrounds will be available except for the few that do not allow for proper social distancing. Reservations will be honored, and if any reservation site is closed, the reservation will be honored at a walk-up site.

The GMUG National Forests reminds everyone to consistently follow the latest federal, state, and local health guidance. Maintain at least six feet from others, ensure proper nose and mouth covering, be prepared for limited or no services, avoid crowding in parking lots, trails, scenic overlooks, and other areas, and take CDC precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect your family.

There are currently no fire restrictions on the GMUG. For information on fire restrictions, call the GMUG Fire Information Line at 970-874-6602 or visit our website.