The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are three distinct forests managed as one unit. The GMUG covers nearly three million acres across eight counties in the central and southern Rocky Mountains on the Western Slope of Colorado.Management of these forests was administratively combined in the 1970s. The GMUG is a highly diverse forest. It includes eight designated wilderness areas, five nationally designated scenic and historic byways, five mountain peaks over 14,000 feet, three downhill ski areas, and one of the largest flat top mountains. The Forest supports a large grazing program and provides the source of water for communities in the Gunnison, Uncompahgre and Grand Valley communities. Coal, natural gas and hardrock minerals are abundant on the GMUG.
As seen at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnison_National_Forest
Smith Fork Ranch is located IN the Gunnison National Forest. The forest is thousands of acres, with a diverse array of wildlife, botanical, and mineral deposits, helpful guides can lead you through the woods to learn more about the wonderful environment that surrounds Smith Fork Ranch. Whether an all day hike with astounding views, a leisurely photography walk through the fall aspens, or a horseback adventure - the Gunnison National Forest is a treasure that guests of SFR will truly enjoy.