Grand Mesa National Forest spans a total area of 346,555 acres of protected land that is located in Delta, Garfield, and Mesa counties, in Colorado. The closest metropolis to the park is Grand Junction, which is a city in Colorado's Western Slope region and a key region in Colorado's wine country.
The park also borders the Gunnison National Forest to the east and the White River National Forest to the north. Grand Mesa National Forest was formerly known as Battlement Mesa Forest Reserve and was created by Benjamin Harrison on December 24, 1892. This National Forest is proud of the title of being "the third forest reserve created in the United States."
Besides the beauty and serenity of the forest, the Grand Mesa National Forest has several features that make this park a special place to visit. Some of the more prominent features besides the trees include a wide variety of animal species including mule deer, elk, black bears, pine marten, cougars, Canadian lynx, and bighorn sheep.
For those that love birdwatching, there is a seasonal opportunity to see bird species like common ravens, boreal owls, bald eagles, Mexican spotted owls, wild turkeys and peregrine falcons, and golden eagles. If you want to bring your dog into the park, remember that some basic rules must be followed including ensuring that you maintain immediate control of your pooch at all times.
This immediate control includes ensuring that your dog is always leashed or in a secure enclosure. You must also make sure that you know areas of the park that you can go to and that you cannot go to when with your doggie.
Some of the areas that you should avoid include staying away from paved roads and paths. You are also expected to be responsible for your dog's health and safety and this includes ensuring that you provide water for your dog and ensure that you have a first aid kit for your dog.