Welcome to the GMUG National Forest!

blue iris with snow covered mountains


We invite you to explore our forest this spring.  Hiking is never out of season. Our three forests have much to offer. When was the last time you took in a view like this? This photo was taken off of county road 9 in the Uncompahgre Forest. Be sure to check out our recreation page for the estimated campground openings. Get out and enjoy your National Forest.

Photo courtesy of Dan Novakoski


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The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three forests combined cover almost 3 million acres of National Forest System land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies.

The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak.

The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with over 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and the Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.