A Notice to All Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests Visitors:

Our offices are operating virtually until further notice. This means most employees are teleworking and we are no longer doing any business in person. To protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are not scheduling face-to-face meetings at this time. However, continuing our service to you during this time is very important. This website contains many helpful resources. Moreover, we are ready and available to help you the best we can.

Find Information on GMUG's COVID-19 response here

Find Forest Service COVID-19 updates here

You can email the GMUG National Forests directly here

You can find current Wildfire Information here, Road and Gate Reports here and Campground Status here

To speak to a visitor information specialist please call the appropriate number below:

  • 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

If you would like to buy recreational passes or maps, please visit the USGS Store

The GMUG appreciates your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.

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Welcome! Know Before You Go...

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.

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Recent News


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Help us celebrate Colorado's Water!  Learn more about our Forest's water resources and find links to water education programs, stewardship events and other activities.

Economic contributions of the GMUG

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Ever wonder how much our national forest contributes to jobs and incomes of our local communities?  Natural resource management on the GMUG NFs provide recreational opportunities as well as timber, energy and minerals and livestock grazing. Read more on the benefits to local economies.

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