GMUG to Begin Opening Some Developed Recreation Sites
Delta, Colo., May 26, 2020 –Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests will begin opening a limited number of developed recreation sites, including campgrounds, on Monday, June 1.
Some recreation sites will continue to remain closed and inaccessible, while others may experience a delayed opening. Dispersed camping remains open on National Forest System lands, subject to state and local public health orders. The GMUG currently has no fire restrictions; however, please follow basic fire safety guidelines.
“The GMUG is making every effort to expand recreation access while following CDC guidance and state and local government health and safety orders” said Forest Supervisor Chad Stewart. “There is still work to be done – ensuring cleanliness of facilities, conducting proper maintenance, coordinating with local partners and assessing recreation areas for health and safety. Protecting the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, partners, recreation providers and the public is the primary concern in our decision to open recreation sites and services. We are working with local, state and federal partners to determine the best path forward to safely increasing access. We really want to extend our appreciation to our surrounding communities for their continued support as we navigate through these challenging times.”
The GMUG reminds everyone to stay close to home and to follow the latest federal, state and local health guidance. Stay at least six feet from others, prepare for limited or no services, such as restroom facilities and garbage collection, pack out trash and human waste, avoid crowding in parking lots, trails, scenic overlooks, and other areas, and take CDC precautions to prevent illnesses like COVID-19.
The GMUG is asking visitors to recreation responsibly. This will help expand access to facilities and services. Visitors are asked to plan accordingly as certain services, such as trailhead restrooms, will still be unavailable.
For more information on the GMUG National Forests, please visit the official GMUG website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF/; Twitter: https://twitter.com/gmug_nf. Contact your local GMUG Office for area specific information:
- Forest Supervisor’s Office – Delta – 970-874-6600
- Grand Valley Ranger District – Grand Junction – 970-242-8211
- Paonia Ranger District – Paonia – 970-527-4131
- Ouray Ranger District – Montrose – 970-240-5300
- Norwood Ranger District – Norwood – 970-327-4261
- Gunnison Ranger District – Gunnison – 970-641-0471
For information on current fire restrictions, call the GMUG Fire Information line at 970-874-6602; visit the official GMUG website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/fireinfo; GMUG Fire Information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMUGFireInfo/. For information on local area fire restrictions, visit: https://www.westslopefireinfo.com/.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests manage approximately 3 million acres of land in Southwest Colorado within Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel counties.