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.

Recent News


Features

Prescribed Fire

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This spring, the GMUG NF Ranger Districts will be burning specific areas on the forest. Prescribed fires are planned and designed in areas where specific needs for vegetation (fuel) treatment or natural resource conditions will benefit from the use of fire in the ecosystem. Prescribed fires are only ignited in an area when all parameters meet the specific burn plan conditions. Find out more about prescribed fires planned and locations of piles to be burned. 


Celebrate Colorado's Water

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Help us celebrate Colorado's Water!  Learn more about our Forest's water resources and find links to water education programs, stewardship events and other activities.


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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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