Grand Mesa National Forest

The Grand Mesa National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in Mesa, Delta, and Garfield counties in western Colorado. It borders the White River National Forest towards the north and the Gunnison National Forest towards the east. The forest covers the majority of Grand Mesa and the southern part of Battlement Mesa. It has a total area of 346,555 acres. It is managed by the United States Forest Service together with the Gunnison National Forest and the Uncompahgre National Forest from their offices in Delta, Colorado. There are local ranger district offices that can be found in Grand Junction.

A special series of geological events that took place upwards of ten million years ago created this mesa. It was created by glaciers, lava flows, and erosional forces. This geological wonder holds over 300 high-altitude lakes, making a unique head-in-the-clouds trout fishing experience.

The Ute Indians called the Grand Mesa “Thunder Mountain” prior to the U.S. government removing them to reservations in Utah and southwestern Colorado in the early 1880s.

As it was originally named Battlement Mesa Forest Reserve, and was created by Benjamin Harrison on December 24th of 1892, it was the third forest reserve that was created within the United States. It is the largest flatop mountain within the entire world.

Image Caption: This is the NorthWestern edge of Grand Mesa, Colorado. This photo is looking North. This photo was taken on September 24, 2011. Credit: DrunkDriver/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)