blue iris with snow covered mountains

 

We invite you to explore our forest this spring.  Hiking is never out of season. Our three forests have much to offer. When was the last time you took in a view like this? This photo was taken off of county road 9 in the Uncompahgre Forest. Be sure to check out our recreation page for the estimated campground openings. Get out and enjoy your National Forest.

Photo courtesy of Dan Novakoski


 

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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 forests combined cover almost 3 million 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.
 

 

 

Features

Celebrate Colorado's Water

photo of blue water on lake surface

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.


Economic contributions of the GMUG

Forest Service folks at work

Ever wonder how much our national forest contributes to jobs and incomes of our local communities?  Natural resource management on the GMUG NFs provide recreational opportunities as well as timber, energy and minerals and livestock grazing. Read more on the benefits to local economies.


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Spotlights

Beyond the Bark Beetles....

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

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!

 




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.

A huggable Smokey ....

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



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