Recreation

 Photo view looking west from Crag Crest on the Grand Mesa

 

It’s the Geography – Plateaus to Peaks

The Colorado Recreation Map is a high speed zoomable map providing recreation information for Colorado's National Forest and National Grasslands.  Follow these links for specific Maps of the GMUG National Forest and the Ranger Districts.

Campground Status - click here or scroll down

Scenery and an abundance of opportunities for access draw you in and trails lead the way to the rugged canyons, big mountains, wildlife, and history of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. Over three thousand miles of trails and routes provide access to areas of rugged beauty and solitude. More....

We invite you to visit our forest and enjoy the beauty, history and challenges it has to offer.

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 and learn about all the different ways you can enjoy the outdoors on GMUG National Forest

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

2017 GMUG Fee Schedule

 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Almont Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor
Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed) - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor
Amphitheater Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor
Angel Creek Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No services. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Beaver Lake Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Big Blue Campground - Gunnison RD Closed 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. Closed for the Season.
Cement Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Cobbett Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Cold Spring Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Columbine Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Cottonwood Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor
Crag Crest Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Deer Lakes Campground - Gunnison Rd Closed to Visitor Potable-Handpump.
Dinner Station Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Potable Hand-pump. 
Divide Forks Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No services. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Dorchester Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Erickson Springs Campground- Paonia RD Closed to Visitor Limited services.
Gold Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out! 
Gothic Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Grand Mesa Visitor Center - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Flush toilets; no water. Re-opens Memorial Day weekend.
Granite Tent Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Hidden Valley Tent Campground- Gunnison Rd Closed to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Iron Springs Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor No services. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Island Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor  
Jumbo Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor
Lake Irwin Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor
Lakeview Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Little Bear Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor
Lodgepole Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor
Lost Lake Campground-Paonia RD Closed to Visitor Five Equestrian Sites. Limited services.
Lottis Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor
Matterhorn Campground - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor
McClure Campground - Paonia RD Closed to Visitor No services. No fee. Pack it in, Pack it out. Open, weather permitting.
Middle Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No services. Donations accepted. Pack it in, Pack it out!
Mirror Lake Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Mosca Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. Closed due to construction.
North Bank Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor  
One Mile Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor
Pitkin Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor
Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor No services. No fee. Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out.
Quartz Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Rivers End Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Rosy Lane Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor
Silver Jack Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor  Closed for the season due to water issues.
Snowblind Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Soap Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor Hand-pump.
Spring Creek Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. 
Spruce Campground - Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor No water. Donations accepted.
Spruce Grove Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Sunshine Campground - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor
Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD Closed to Visitor
Ward Lake Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor No water.
Weir & Johnson Campground - Grand Valley RD Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Williams Creek Campground- Gunnison RD Closed to Visitor
Woods Lake Campground - Norwood RD Closed to Visitor Equestrian Sites (32-36). Limited services.

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