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Description - The district includes the areas around Lake City, Pitkin and Monarch Pass. Portions of the Uncompahgre and La Garita Wildernesses lie on the Cebolla District. The Alpine Tunnel near Pitkin, constructed in 1881, is the highest railroad tunnel in North America. The Slumgullion earth flow, near Lake City, forms a natural dam across the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River to create Lake San Cristobal.

Recreation - Popular recreation activities on the Cebolla Ranger District include developed and dispersed camping, four-wheel driving, sightseeing, hunting, fishing, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, backpacking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Climate - Summer high temperatures in much of the forest areas reach into the 70s and low 80s. Evenings are cool, with temperatures that can often dip into the 30s in the high country. Afternoon summer thunderstorms are common. Snow is possible at any time of year in the highest elevations. The high elevation roads and trails are often not clear of snow until at least mid-July. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year.

Winter lows frequently dip well below zero though daytime temperatures are normally in the 20s to 30s. Much of the precipitation comes in the winter, when heavy snow can be expected in the high elevations.

Location - The Cebolla Ranger District encompasses the southeast end of the Gunnison National Forest. It is located to the east and south of the town of Gunnison. The major drainages in the region include Quartz Creek, Tomichi Creek, Cochetopa Creek and Cebolla Creek. The Continental Divide forms the eastern and southern border of this ranger district.

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Taylor River/Cebolla Ranger Districts, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471

Additional Information:
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests - The Gunnison, Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests of west-central and southwestern Colorado are administratively combined. Some of the primary towns surrounded by the forests include Gunnison, Crested Butte, Montrose, Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia, Grand Junction, Ouray and Telluride.
Gunnison Area - Gunnison is located in the southwestern section of Colorado. It is the namesake of Captain John W. Gunnison, a surveyor for the U.S. Geological Survey, who was killed after scouting the area in 1853.
Gunnison National Forest - The Gunnison National Forest encompasses part of Colorado's central mountains, around the towns of Gunnison and Crested Butte. The Gunnison, Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests are administratively combined.
Lake City Area - This mountain hamlet lies between the Uncompahgre, Gunnison and Rio Grande National Forests in southwestern Colorado.
Montrose Area - Montrose lies in the fertile Uncompahgre River Valley. This area was once used by Ute Indians for farming and hunting. Today it serves the many ranchers and recreationists that use the surrounding terrain.
Uncompahgre Wilderness - The Uncompahgre Wilderness encompasses more than 98,000 acres on the Uncompahgre National Forest. It lies south of Curecanti National Recreation Area, northwest of Lake City and northeast of Ouray.
West Elk Wilderness - The West Elk Wilderness is a government designated natural area located between Gunnison, Paonia and Crested Butte, Colorado.


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