Grand Mesa National Forest Guide

Located in western Colorado, the Grand Mesa National Forest covers most of Grand Mesa and part of Battlement Mesa. It was the third forest reserve created in the United States and is the largest flat-top mountain in the world. Throughout the summer months, visitors come here to escape the heat from the valley below. They can enjoy hiking, mountain biking over the varied terrain, and fishing at one of the 300 alpine lakes.

Where to Camp

Camping in Grand Mesa National Forest

With over 3,000 miles of trails, the Grand Mesa National Forest provides both rugged beauty and solitude. With an RV conveniently provided by RVshare, you can get a restful night’s sleep on the mesa and wake up to enjoy the sunrise over a crystal clear alpine lake. 

RV Rentals Near Grand Mesa National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Grand Mesa National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Grand Mesa National Forest

The Grand Mesa National Forest encompasses a wide variety of landscapes and elevations, which lends it to a diversity of plants. Visitors can explore everything from canyons where scrub-oak and pinyon trees hold sway to plateaus filled with ponderosa pines and aspens and lush alpine meadows. The park is particularly popular in mid-summer during peak wildflower season. Visitors will see abundant groupings of columbine, paintbrush, fireweed, delphiniums, mountain bluebells, and many more. Many rock and mineral enthusiasts as well as amateur paleontologists enjoy exploring the various topographies of the park. Geodes and other interesting specimens can be found.

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How to get to Grand Mesa National Forest

Address: 2230 South Main St., Delta, CO 81416

Fee: Entry fee $0

Grand Mesa National Forest provides a unique range of ecosystems to explore. Summer in the park is particularly delightful thanks to the explosion of wildflowers. The pristine mountain streams are great for anglers. By camping in an RV, you can enjoy stargazing at night and, then, wake up to see the sunrise over a mountain lake.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Grand Mesa National Forest

What is the best time to visit Grand Mesa National Forest?

The best time of year to visit Grand Mesa National Forest is in the fall. Temperatures will still be warm enough for hiking and outdoor activities and the fall foliage is beautiful. You'll also miss the summer crowds.

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Grand Mesa National Forest?

Yes, you can kayak and canoe in Grand Mesa National Forest. There are also places for rafting and floating on the Colorado River in the area.

What is the closest town to Grand Mesa National Forest?

Montrose is one of the closest towns to Grand Mesa National Forest. There are places to camp, eat, and shop for groceries or other supplies in town.

How many hiking trails does Grand Mesa National Forest have?

There are over 3,500 miles of trails in the Grand Mesa National Forest. The trails can be used for hiking, horseback riding, biking, or cross-country skiing.

What type of wildlife lives in Grand Mesa National Forest?

Wildlife in the Grand Mesa National Forest includes elk, mule deer, Canadian lynx, pine martens, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep. There is also a variety of birds and other small animals in the area.