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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests

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 3,161,912 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 Canyonto 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak.

The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with more than 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests include ten designatedWilderness areas, which together make up nineteen percent of the three-million acre Forests. You can camp in these areas, or other, more developed campgrounds. Fishingand hiking are other great activities available on these forests.

First-timer’s Adventure

Go Fishing.
Fishing is a huge activity on our National Forests. A great place on these forests to cast for trout, or just enjoy the scenery, is the Cimarron River. To get there, take U S Highway 50 from Montrose and turn right on the Cimarron Road near the small community of Cimarron. The road is well marked, and well maintained. Access is also available from U S Highway 550 near Ridgeway, and across Owl Creek Pass. While you're there, spend the night and camp at a local campground

Statistics

State(s):

Colorado

Nearest Large Urban Area:

Grand Junction

Notes & Conditions:

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center promotes safety by reducing the impact of avalanches on recreation, industry, and transportation in the State through a program of forecasting and education. Be sure to check this site before heading out in the mountains in winter.

Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.

Maps:

Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.