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We invite you to explore our forest this winter. Consider trying a new winter activity- like snowshoeing, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, or sledding! Learn more about winter recreation on the GMUG.  There are specific areas on each of our three national forests open for non-motorized and motorized winter travel. Please reference our winter recreation maps and know before you go.


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The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three combined Forests cover 2,965,054 acres of National Forest System land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies.

The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak.

The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with over 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and the Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.

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This winter cozy up with your friends in one of our cabins

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Walk out your front door, clip on your cross country skis and off you go exploring some of the most spectacular scenery in the San Juan Mountains. The Matterhorn, Lone Cone and Jackson Cabins are available to rent. Fire wood is provided! Find out more...

Watch out for these weeds!

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 The GMUG has a number of invasive weeds we actively manage for- find out more so you can learn what to keep an eye out for next time you are out in the forest.

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Blue Lakes, MT Sneffels Widerness

The Blue Lakes in Mt Sneffles Wilderness are experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities and is one of the many Hot Spots in 2018.

Winter is here- Know before you go!

Be prepared for winter driving conditions! Check out COtrip (CDOT's) Road Cameras!


A huggable Smokey ....

Smokey is watching you! Get a bear hug-demonstrate proper wildfire prevention. Huggable videos!

Interactive Recreation Map

Thinking of visiting one of the National Forests? This map will help you plan your trip. Zoom out to see neighboring forests. Check it out!

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