Recreation

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Safety Updates & Guidelines:

  • Stay close to home to keep other communities safe.
  • 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.

Adjustments to reservations and our reservation policies will go through Recreation.gov. Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation. In the event of delayed openings of some, part or all of the campgrounds and cabins to ensure safe social distancing, you will receive a full refund for your reservation. Sites at open campgrounds are available with the exception of those that do not allow for social distancing. Reservations will be honored and if any reservation site is closed, the reservation will be held and honored at a walk-up site.

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

Check current campground status below the 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

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 Reservations honored; some units closed for social distancing; water open.
Angel Creek Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor Closed for construction.
Beaver Lake Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing; 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 Some units closed for social distancing; no water.
Big Creek Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor No water.
Cement Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Cobbett Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing; no water.
Cold Spring Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor No water. 
Columbine Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Cottonwood Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor
Crag Crest Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor
Deer Lakes Campground - Gunnison Rd Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing.
Dinner Station Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Reservations honored; some units closed for social distancing.
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 Closed 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. No Toliets.
Grand Mesa Visitor Center - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor
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 Some units closed for social distancing. Water open.
Jumbo Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor Reservations honored; some units closed for social distancing; water open.
Lake Irwin Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor High clearance vehicles are strongly reccomended for access on NFSR #826/CR12 (Kebler Pass Corridor) due to road damage.
Lakeview Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Reservations honored; some units closed for social distancing; water open.
Little Bear Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing; no water.
Lodgepole Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing.
Lost Lake Campground-Paonia RD Open to Visitor Five Equestrian Sites. Limited services.
Lottis Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing; group site closed; open water.
Mary E Dispersed Camping Area - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor Trash services provided. No fee.
Matterhorn Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing. Water open. Showers open on 6/19/2020.
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 Some units closed for social distancing; 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 Some units closed for social distancing.
Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area - Norwood RD Open to Visitor Open when roads are accessible.
Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing. No water.
Rivers End Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing.
Rosy Lane Campground - Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Reservations honored; some units closed for social distancing; water open.
Silver Jack Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing. Water open. Group site closed.
Snowblind Campground - Gunnison RD Closed 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 Some units closed for social distancing. Water open.
Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD Open to Visitor
Ward Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing; no water.
Weir & Johnson Campground - Grand Valley RD Open to Visitor
Williams Creek Campground- Gunnison RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing; water open.
Woods Lake Campground - Norwood RD Open to Visitor Some units closed for social distancing. Water open. Equestrian Sites (32-36).

Spotlights

Matterhorn Cabin

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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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