Recreation

 Photo view looking west from Crag Crest on the Grand Mesa

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 three thousand 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.

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.

To make reservations at the concession operated campgrounds please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777

2018 Campground/Day Use Fee Schedule (.pdf)

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Almont Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed) - Norwood RD Open to Visitor Open when roads are accessible.
Amphitheater Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor Some sites closed due to hazard trees.
Angel Creek Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No services. Pack it in, Pack it out! Campground closed due to hazard trees.
Beaver Lake Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Big Blue Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Big Cimarron Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Big Creek Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Cement Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Cobbett Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No water.
Cold Spring Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Columbine Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No water.
Cottonwood Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor
Crag Crest Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor
Deer Lakes Campground - Gunnison Rd Open to Visitor
Dinner Station Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Divide Forks Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No services. Pack it in, Pack it out! No gate-open when roads are accessible.
Dorchester Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Erickson Springs Campground- Paonia RD Open to Visitor No water.
Gold Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out! 
Gothic Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water.
Grand Mesa Visitor Center - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor Flush toilets; no water. Re-opens Memorial Day weekend.
Granite Tent Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water.
Hidden Valley Tent Campground- Gunnison Rd Open to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Iron Springs Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor No services. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Island Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor
Jumbo Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor
Lake Irwin Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Lakeview Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water.
Little Bear Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor
Lodgepole Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Lost Lake Campground-Paonia RD Open to Visitor Five Equestrian Sites. Limited services.
Lottis Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Mary E Dispersed Camping Area - Norwood RD Open to Visitor Trash services provided. No fee.
Matterhorn Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor
McClure Campground - Paonia RD Open to Visitor No services. No fee. Pack it in, Pack it out.
Middle Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Mirror Lake Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Mosca Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No Water.
North Bank Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
One Mile Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Pitkin Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area - Norwood RD Open to Visitor
Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water.
Rivers End Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Rosy Lane Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Silver Jack Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor
Snowblind Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Soap Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Spring Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Spruce Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. Donations accepted.
Spruce Grove Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Sunshine Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor
Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor
Ward Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No water.
Weir & Johnson Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor
Williams Creek Campground- Gunnison RD Open to Visitor
Woods Lake Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor 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. 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

Areas & Activities


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