The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are located in the western center part of Colorado.
Where is this Forest?


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Specific positions on the GMUG National Forest

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 3,161,900 acres of public 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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Snow tracking lynx and other wildlife

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Tracks can tell a biologist a lot about the movement and occurrence of animal species in an area. And fresh layers of snow during the winter can provide a virtual diary of daily or weekly animal activities. Wildlife biologist, Matt Vasquez works with student volunteers to figure out where the animal action is in winter on the Gunnison National Forest!

Experience the thrill of the chill!

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More kids are in the woods this winter thanks to several suppportive partners and a Forest Service grant. "Winter is Cool" engages students in winter outdoor activities involving nordic skiing/snowshoeing, snow science, avalanche awareness, animal winter adaptations and more. Check out the winter fun

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GMUG Winter travel maps

Various areas are open for non-motorized and motorized winter travel. Restrictions do exist,  please be familiar with the area before you go. 

Going to the Grand Mesa this winter?

Check out the real time road conditions before you go!


A healthy snowpack?

The Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies tracked 8 winter storms since November which have totaled about 10 inches of water. Find out more....

The SnowEx Campaign

NASA is breaking into snow biz and testing new approaches for mapping snow water equivalent in forested regions. One of their study sites is right here on the Grand Mesa!

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