Grand Mesa National Forest - Western Colorado

The Grand Mesa is one of the largest flat-top mountains in the world.  It rises more than a mile above the convergence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers to an elevation of over 11,000 ft.  The alpine forest atop the mesa is a striking contrast to the brushier vegetation of the valley floors.

Winter begins early atop the mesa and the snows fall frequently making the passable season a short one.  The summer snowmelt fills all the lakes of the mesa which provide excellent fishing and supply much of the region with water.

The Grand Mesa Lakes region is dotted with campgrounds mainly around the 10,000 ft level that are connected by a system of 4WD roads. 



         

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