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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Fore, CO

US Forest Service

Overview

 Photo view looking west from Crag Crest on the Grand Mesa

 

It’s the Geography – Plateaus to Peaks

The Colorado Recreation Map is a high speed zoomable map providing recreation inforation for Colorado's National Forest and National Grasslands.  Follow these links for specific Maps of the GMUG National Forest and the Ranger Districts.

Campground Status - click here or scroll down

Scenery and an abundance of opportunities for access draw you in and trails lead the way to the rugged canyons, big mountains, wildlife, and history of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. Over three thousand miles of trails and routes provide access to areas of rugged beauty and solitude. Many were carved by indigenous peoples, early explorers, and miners, and offer an experience that connects users to the land and to the prehistoric and historic past. The topography allows the forest to provide trails—beginner to extreme—all year. The mountains, plateau, and mesa that make up the forest will always provide a scenic backdrop and thus a component of the quality of life in the area.
Recreation opportunities on the GMUG National Forest are varied, and millions of visitor come here to enjoy:

  • Three ski resorts, three lodges, two organizational camps, one marina; 
  • 55 campgrounds and 13 picnic areas
  • Over 3,700 miles of system roads including national and state designated scenic byways and other scenic or recreation travel corridors
  • Over 3,500 miles of trails (hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, motorcycle riding); including sections of the Continental Divide National System Trail, and the Colorado Trail; 
  • More than 300 lakes;
  • 3,600 miles of streams;
  • A variety of historic mining sites including the San Juan Mining area, as well as the Alpine Tunnel Historic District, that includes approximately 13 miles of the former Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad railbed across the continental Divide;
  • Six mountain peaks over 14,000 feet;
  • Many popular areas for  rock and ice climbing,
  • Hours of nature viewing including observing and photographing Colorado's abundant wildlife; and
  • Hiking or driving along high elevation meadows thick with colorful wildflowers. 

We invite you to visit our forest and enjoy the beauty, history and challenges it has to offer.   

Use the sidebar menu on the left to search for recreation areas by activity or use the sidebar menu on the right to search by area and learn about all the different ways you can enjoy the outdoors on GMUG National Forest.

 

Rocky Mountain Region Campground Listing - a list of all campgrounds in the National Forests located in the Rocky Mountain Region

To make reservations at the concession operated campgrounds please visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777

Recreational Activities:

  • AUTO TOURING
  • BIKING
  • BOATING
  • CAMPING
  • CLIMBING
  • FIRE LOOKOUTS/CABINS OVERNIGHT
  • FISHING
  • HIKING
  • HORSE CAMPING
  • HORSEBACK RIDING
  • HUNTING
  • INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
  • OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE
  • PICNICKING
  • RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
  • VISITOR CENTER
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING
  • WINTER SPORTS

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Email: r2_gmug_visitor_information@fs.fed.us
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