Gunnison National Forest Guide

The Gunnison National Forest is part of a triad of national forests with Grand Mesa National Forest and Uncompahgre National Forest. It also borders three other national forests. The forest covers nearly 1.7 million acres that extend across the counties of Gunnison, Saguache, Hinsdale, Delta, and Montrose in western Colorado. Seven wilderness areas lie within Gunnison National Forest and are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. While exploring the forest, you will have the opportunity for skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, and off-roading. For those who enjoy strolling and birdwatching, there are lots of trails to choose from. 

Where to Camp

Camping in Gunnison National Forest

Exploring the national forest in an RV allows you to experience sights you might miss otherwise. The Gunnison National Forest is a vast area with RV campgrounds in all directions. Prepare your lunch and set out on a hike, and then, at the end of the day, return to your RV and relax. RVshare has a wide selection of RV rentals to make your time at Gunnison National Forest more enjoyable.

RV Rentals Near Gunnison National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Gunnison National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Gunnison National Forest

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How to get to Gunnison National Forest

Address: 2250 South Main St, Delta, Colorado 81416

Fee: Entry fee $0

Whether you are planning a summer vacation or a winter getaway, Gunnison National Forest is the place for an RV road trip. View spectacular mountain ridges and unusual wildlife as you travel areas around the forest. Hike, ski, hunt, or fish at one of the many streams or lakes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, then go birdwatching as you stroll past flowers of all types. When you are done for the day, return to your RV hideaway to relax.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Gunnison National Forest

Is there a fee to get into Gunnison National Forest?

No, there is no fee to get into Gunnison National Forest. However, activities like camping at developed campgrounds, using certain day-use areas, or cutting down Christmas trees may require an additional permit and fee.

Is Gunnison National Forest open all year round?

Yes, Gunnison National Forest is open year-round. Some campgrounds and day use areas may only be open in summer, however.

Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Gunnison National Forest?

Yes, there is a limit to how long you can camp in Gunnison National Forest. For dispersed camping and camping at most developed campgrounds, occupying one campsite is limited to a maximum of 14 days. However, some developed campgrounds have their own limits, ranging from seven to thirty days - check with any campground before you book to see how long you're allowed to stay.

Do you need a permit to fish or hunt in Gunnison National Forest?

Yes, you need a permit to fish or hunt in Gunnison National Forest. Hunting permits are required for hunting in the forest. Everyone 16 and older who fishes in Colorado is also required to have a fishing permit.

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Gunnison National Forest?

Yes, you can kayak, canoe, and raft in Gunnison National Forest. There are several lakes and rivers in the forest, and there are companies that lead rafting trips in the area.