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Gunnison National Forest
Gunnison National Forest On top of the world © MICHELLE LONG
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P.O. Box 1030
Paonia, Colorado   81428

Phone: 970-874-6600
Gunnison National Forest was named for Captain John Gunnison, a man who came through this area in 1853 in search of a feasible route across the Continental Divide for a railroad. The present forest consists of over 1.7 million acres of public land and over 100,000 acres of private land within its boundaries. There are 2 peaks over 14,000' and another 20 that are over 13,000' in elevation.

The Gunnison, Grand Mesa and Uncompaghre National Forests were administratively combined in 1976. The Supervisor's office is in Delta, CO.

Most campgrounds in the Forest are designed to accommodate campers, tents and small trailers (up to 18 feet long). Length-of-stay limits are posted on the bulletin boards in the campgrounds and the usual limit is 14 days. User fees are charged in some recreation areas that are identified by signs at their entrances.

The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway crosses the forest between Lake City, Silverton and Ouray. This rugged road travels through spectacular and colorful high mountain scenery, providing access to several ghost towns and the summits of Redcloud, Handies, Sunshine, Wetterhorn, and Uncompahgre Peaks.

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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 28 Every Summer by Jason
We ride this area every summer... Great trails everywhere.. great people all around.. We usually camp outside of Pitkin.. plenty of trails close to there, and great day trips venturing out a little further... be sure to gas up in Pitkin
May 21 Great Motorized Trails by Ron
We rode motorcycles last summer in this area and had a geat time. Well maintained trails. Very scenic. All skill levels from easy to expert. State Park Rangers were freindly and helpful. Nice park!
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