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

 

These lands are a gift. Congress began conserving these lands back in 1891 for all of us. More than 100 years later, this gift continues to inspire, restore, and provide. From offering nearly endless ways to play to providing water, clean air, and resources for millions, each of the 174 forests and grasslands highlights the best of America’s public lands heritage. The U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation work to steward these lands on your behalf. So pick a spot, choose an activity, and go. play. Visit "It's all yours" for more information.


 

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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 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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Features

Our Wildflowers are spectacular!

Colorado blue columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)

Because of all the winter moisture, our wildflowers will be outstanding this year! Peak blooms generally occur about the middle of July each summer. The mountain passes and scenic byways are outstanding routes to get up high and enjoy the lush and colorful landscapes.


Field Rangers-the new face of the Forest Service

Field ranger on bike

This summer, Forest Service field rangers will be mingling with visitors and helping connect people to the forest, to nature and to the mission of the Forest Service...... Caring for the land and serving the people.


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Spotlights

Bring your Family to the Forest

Get ready to explore the Grand Mesa National Forest this summer. Enter "The Families in the Forest" Contest- and you could win a one night stay at a Forest Service Cabin!

Reserve a Guard Station

Several cabins on our forest are available to rent with recreation opportunities just outside your door.

 




A huggable Smokey ....

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

Beyond the Bark Beetles....

Our Future Forests have much to offer. View a selection of short videos on forest regeneration, fire, recreation, and more...   



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