Recreation and Travel


Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorized use are all modes of travel that may be allowed on specific trails and routes on public lands. In some places, specific modes of travel can cause damage that takes decades for the land and wildlife to recover. To prevent such damage, agencies use travel management to balance human travel with other resources and values on public lands, such as clean water, clean air, and healthy wildlife.

In July 2010, the Gunnison National Forest Travel Management Plan Record of Decision was released. Since then, HCCA has been working to ensure the Travel Management Plan is fully implemented so that water quality, sensitive habitat, and wildlife are properly protected. HCCA hopes to achieve this goal and continue to develop strong relationships with those who also enjoy and appreciate Gunnison County’s public lands.

HCCA is also deeply committed to wilderness and the Wilderness Act, part of which means keeping bikes off of wilderness trails. In December, 2017 we joined 132 other organizations in submitting a letter to Congress urging members to reject calls to amend the Wilderness Act to allow for the use of mountain bikes in designated Wilderness. A great primer on the issue, with background and detailed information, can be found here.

Below are a few helpful links to provide some background on travel management and public lands recreation.

Gunnison Basin Travel Management Plan

Current GMUG National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)

GMUG National Forest Campgrounds

CBMR Teo Expansion

HCCA has been meeting with CBMR for the past two years to discuss Teo expansion and snowmaking in the East River Watershed. We look forward to continuing to work with CBMR to help bring their expansion proposal to fruition, and are in agreement to continue these conversations as the Teo expansion process continues. In addition, we both hope to continue working together through the watershed management planning process to identify collaborative solutions for maintaining and restoring flows in the East River Watershed.

For more information please visit the Forest Service Project Website

Read our comments here

Use the Interactive map above to learn more about recreating in the Gunnison Valley