Dispersed Camping Closures On the Gunnison Ranger District

The GMUG National Forest is implementing dispersed camping closures in some areas of the Gunnison Ranger District. Some of these closures are a result of the continued implementation of the Gunnison Travel Management Plan Decision (2010). Some closures are related to direct impacts to our forests from increased recreation uses. These impacts include permanent loss of vegetation, soil erosion, sanitation issues, riparian impacts, loss of wildlife habitat and user conflicts.

It is necessary for the Forest Service to more effectively manage dispersed camping to ensure that everyone who uses their National Forest can do so in a sustainable manner. We remind all campers to please follow the principals of  Leave No Trace.  Please be considerate and respectful of other forest visitors and adjacent private land owners.

Tincup Closures

Please view and print this map and information for camping closures in the Tincup area. Nearly all locations outside of this closure area are open for dispersed camping.  There are also several developed campground nearby including Lakeview, Lottis Creek, Cold Spring, and Lodgpole Campgrounds. You can access a zoomifiable map of the area here.

Twelve Corridors in the Gunnison Ranger District

The Gunnison Travel Management Plan decision identified twelve travel corridors where motor vehicles will only be allowed to travel up to 30 feet from the edge of a designated routes for the purpose of dispersed camping. Implementation will include these corridors:

  • Gothic Corridor – NFSR 317 (from the first gate at the forest boundary past the Gothic town site to Schofield Pass). Dispersed camping is restricted to designated sites and not allowed betweenJune 15 through August 15.
  • Washington Gulch– NFSR # 811 (from the forest boundary to Elkton).
  • Slate River Corridor- NFSR #734 (County Road 734) (from the forest boundary to private land at Pittsburg).
  • Kebler Pass Corridor- NFSR #826, County Road 12 (from the forest boundary to above Irwin Campground ending at private lands, to the top of Ohio Pass and Kebler Pass, and up the Splains Gulch road). Will propose seasonal closure in 2017.
  • Cement Creek Corridor- NFSR #740 and #740.2C, D, E (from the forest boundary to Deadman trailhead).
  • Spring Creek Corridor – NFSR #744 (from the forest boundary to ¼ mile beyond junction of NFSRs #744 and #880).
  • Taylor Canyon – NFSR #742 (camping only in developed campgrounds from Almont to Rivers End campground).
  • Taylor River Corridor -From the junction with Cottonwood Pass road (NFSR #742) to Dorchester campground.
  • Quartz Creek Corridor- NFSR #765 (from the forest boundary past Pitkin to Hall Gulch road junction).
  • Middle Quartz Creek- NFSR #767 (from the junction with NFSR #765 to Middle Quartz Creek campground).
  • Long Branch- NFSR #780 (from the forest boundary to Baldy Lake and Long Branch trailheads).
  • Needle Creek Reservoir Corridor- NFSR #781 (from the forest boundary to the upper end of Needle Creek Reservoir).

Implementation Activities

Crews installing log barriers

This summer (2017) and continuing into the future, forest crews will be busy:

  • Installing signing and providing information and education to the public and recreationists.
  • Physically closing unacceptable user-created roads and trails.
  • Identifying and signing spur roads and designating dispersed campsites.
  • Assessing areas where dispersed camping can be sustained and impacts mitigated.
  • Closing campsites with unacceptable resource impacts.
  • Placing physical barriers to prevent the expansion of existing campsites that remain.
  • Enforcing rules where necessary.
  • Monitoring for effectiveness of management actions and recreation use/impacts.
Crew member drilling poles together crews securing log barrier

Summer crews drilling together cut logs for a vehicle barrier.

Summer crews installing a barrier to close a user created route through a stream and riparian area.