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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 Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Almont Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Alta Lakes Campground (Designated) - Norwood RD Open Open Open while roads are accessible via cross-country ski or snowshoe. No services-pack it in, pack it out.
Amphitheater Campground - Ouray RD Closed Closed
Angel Creek Campground - Ouray RD Open Open Open while roads are accessible.
Beaver Lake Campground - Ouray RD Closed Closed
Big Blue Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed Closed due to inaccessibility.
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 Closed Closed
Cobbett Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Cold Spring Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed No water.
Columbine Campground - Ouray RD Open Open Open while roads are accessible.
Cottonwood Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Crag Crest Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Deer Lakes Campground - Gunnison Rd Closed Closed No water available.
Dinner Station Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Divide Forks Campground - Grand Valley RD Open Open Open while roads are accessible.
Dorchester Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed Closed due to inaccessibility.
Erickson Springs Campground- Paonia RD Closed Closed
Gold Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed Closed due to inaccessibilty.
Gothic Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Grand Mesa Visitor Center - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Granite Tent Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed No water.
Hidden Valley Tent Campground- Gunnison RD Closed Closed Closed due to inaccessibility.
Iron Springs Campground - Ouray RD Open Open Open while roads are accessible.
Island Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Jumbo Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Lake Irwin Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed No water available.
Lakeview Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Little Bear Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Lodgepole Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Lost Lake Campground-Paonia RD Closed Closed
Lottis Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Mary E Campground - Norwood RD Closed Closed Trash services provided.
Matterhorn Campground - Norwood RD Closed Closed
McClure Campground - Paonia RD Closed Closed Closed for winter season.
Middle Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed Closed due to inaccessibility.
Mirror Lake Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Mosca Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed No water.
North Bank Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
One Mile Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed No water.
Pitkin Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Priest Lake Designated Camping Area - Norwood RD Open Open Open while roads are accessible via cross-country ski or snowshoe. No services-pack it in, pack it out.
Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Rivers End Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Rosy Lane Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed No water.
Silver Jack Campground - Ouray RD Closed Closed
Snowblind Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Soap Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Spring Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Spruce Campground - Gunnison RD Closed Closed Closed due to inaccessibilty.
Spruce Grove Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Sunshine Campground - Norwood RD Closed Closed No water available.
Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD Open Open Open while roads are accessible.
Ward Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Weir & Johnson Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed Closed
Williams Creek Campground- Gunnison RD Closed Closed
Woods Lake Campground - Norwood RD Closed Closed 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