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Safety Updates & Guidelines:

  • Stay 6 feet apart from others.
  • Avoid crowding in parking lots, trails, scenic overlooks and other areas.
  • Take CDC precautions to prevent illnesses like COVID-19.
  • Prepare for limited or no services, such as restroom facilities and garbage collection.
  • Prepare to pack out trash and human waste.

It’s the Geography – Plateaus to Peaks

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests offer scenery and an abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Over 3,000 miles of trails and routes provide access to areas of rugged beauty and solitude. Many were carved by indigenous peoples, early explorers, and miners, and offer an experience that connects users to the land and to the past. The mountains, plateau, and mesa that make up the forest will always provide a scenic backdrop and thus a component of the quality of life in the area. 

We invite you to visit our forest and enjoy the beauty, history and challenges it has to offer. Recreation, motor vehicle and quad maps are available. View a Ranger District location map

Check current campground status below the map. 

Search by activity or area: Use the sidebar menu on the left to search for recreation areas by activity or use the sidebar menu on the right to search by area.

Click here for campground reservations or call 1 (877) 444-6777.

Recreation Map

 

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Almont Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Alta Lakes Campground (Designated) - Norwood RD Open Open Open when roads are accessible. Camping allowed only in designated (signed) campsites.
Amphitheater Campground - Ouray RD Open Open
Angel Creek Campground - Ouray RD Open Open
Beaver Lake Campground - Ouray RD Closed Closed
Big Blue Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Big Cimarron Campground - Ouray RD Closed Closed
Big Creek Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed No water.
Carson Lake #728 Closed Closed Closed for 2022 season. Maintenance project. Lake drained.
Cement Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Cobbett Campground - Grand Valley RD Open Open
Cold Spring Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open No water.
Columbine Campground - Ouray RD Open Open
Cottonwood Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Crag Crest Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Deer Lakes Campground - Gunnison Rd Open Open No water available.
Dinner Station Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Divide Forks Campground - Grand Valley RD Open Open
Dorchester Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Erickson Springs Campground- Paonia RD Open Open
Gold Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Gothic Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Grand Mesa Visitor Center - Grand Valley RD Open Open
Granite Tent Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open No water.
Hidden Valley Tent Campground- Gunnison RD Open Open
Iron Springs Campground - Ouray RD Open Open
Island Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Open Open
Jumbo Campground - Grand Valley RD Open Open
Lake Irwin Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open No water available.
Lakeview Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Little Bear Campground - Grand Valley RD Open Open
Lodgepole Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Lost Lake Campground-Paonia RD Open Open
Lottis Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Mary E Campground - Norwood RD Open Open Trash services provided.
Matterhorn Campground - Norwood RD Open Open
McClure Campground - Paonia RD Open Open
Middle Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Mirror Lake Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Mosca Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open Some units closed for social distancing; no water.
North Bank Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
One Mile Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open No water.
Pitkin Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Priest Lake Designated Camping Area - Norwood RD Open Open Restroom closed until early June.
Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Rivers End Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Rosy Lane Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open No water.
Silver Jack Campground - Ouray RD Open Open Due to heavy tree damage, only loops 2 & 3 will be open. Loop 1 closed to heavy tree damage.
Snowblind Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Soap Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Spring Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open
Spruce Campground - Gunnison RD Open Open No water.
Spruce Grove Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Sunshine Campground - Norwood RD Open Open No water available.
Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD Open Open
Ward Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Open Open Light construction work.
Weir & Johnson Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Williams Creek Campground- Gunnison RD Open Open
Woods Lake Campground - Norwood RD Open Open Equestrian Sites (32-36).

Spotlights

Matterhorn Cabin

photo of cabin

The Matterhorn Cabin is a great destination for anything from a family reunion to a week-long ski trip. This modern facility offers comfortable accommodations for groups of 12 or more and is available in winter only. Cabin includes 4 single stall showers and potable water.  Located just off the highway, it is easily accessible by passenger cars and is only 15 miles from the town of Telluride. Matterhorn Cabin Brochure

Lone Cone Cabin

photo of cabin in  summer

The Lone Cone Cabin is a great destination for an overnight getaway or a week-long hunting trip. Built in 1936, this rustic cabin is available year round. Located just 24 miles from Norwood, Colorado, the facility can be accessed in the summer and fall by passenger vehicle or 4WD, depending on conditions. Spring and winter access is by snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes along a 12-mile route.   Lone Cone Cabin Brochure                               

Thunder Trail System (#593, #594, #595, #596)

The Thunder Trails System is a combination of four interconnecting trail loops that offer fun and challenge for all. Starting at the Thunder Trailhead (north to south), the loops include: Thunder Loop Trail #596, Portis Loop Trail #595, Naturita Rim Loop Trail #594 and Goshorn Loop Trail #593. Parking is also available at the south end of Thunder Road, FSR 609. The trails west of Thunder Road provide a rockier, more technical riding experience and offer great views of Naturita Canyon. The trails east of Thunder Road travel through the ponderosa pine forest and open meadows, providing a smoother, faster ride.  

Trail System Brochure      Geo-Ref. Trail Map    Geo-Ref. Instructions

Recreation Areas