Colorado National Forests
Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre and Gunnison National Forests.
We enjoy a prime location an easy drive to three of Colorado’s most popular national forests known collectively as the Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests. It is definitely worth the short drive to experience the splendor of these treasured public lands.
The GMUG National Forests provide a wide range of activities for over 2 million visitors a year. Some of the recreational pastimes include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-roading, hunting, fishing, backcountry hiking, camping and mountain biking. The forests, mineral and water resources, fisheries and wildlife are managed by five Forest Ranger Districts who preside over more than 3 million acres of land. There are over 3,000 miles of trails and routes available to the public.
Special Heritage Places
These National Forests offer a plethora of historical sites that include the Alpine Tunnel (a favorite among railway enthusiasts), ghost towns, North America’s highest fire lookout, historic cabins, forts, ranger stations and abandoned mines. There are also plenty of interpretive sites and displays to help visitors understand the backstory of this roughhewn territory.
The GMUG accommodates a wide assortment of wildlife with herds of elk totaling over 55,000, mule deer numbering over 150,000, as well as bighorn sheep, moose, lynx, black bears, mountain lions and many other mammals. Bird watchers are particularly attracted to the GMUG as the forests act as both a year-round home and a stopover for migratory birds. The forests’ lakes, ponds and streams boast several varieties of trout, northern pike and other fish species.