You may like to begin by exploring the Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce, which provides a wealth of information on our local area.
Gunnison is a place that harkens back to the Old West. The community retains its ties to a century of ranching with its wide open spaces, friendly folks and Cattlemen’s Days, one of the oldest rodeos in Colorado. Its location offers easy access the largest body of water in the state at Blue Mesa Reservoir. Whether it is waterskiing, sailing, fly fishing or camping with the family, Gunnison provides the perfect recreational and western get-away. (Find out more!)
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in western Colorado. It surrounds part of a deep, steep-walled gorge carved through Precambrian rock by the Gunnison River. Roads and trails along the north and south rims have views of the Black Canyon’s dramatic drops and the striated Painted Wall cliff. The winding East Portal Road descends to the river. Wildlife includes mule deer, elk and golden eagles.
Curecanti National Recreation Area is a National Park Service located on the Gunnison River in western Colorado. Established in 1965, Curecanti is responsible for developing and managing recreational facilities on three reservoirs, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Morrow Point Reservoir and Crystal Reservoir, constructed on the upper Gunnison River in the 1960s by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to better utilize the vital waters of the Colorado River and its major tributaries.
A popular destination for boating and fishing, Curecanti offers visitors two marinas, traditional and group campgrounds, hiking trails, boat launches, and boat-in campsites. The Curecanti is a popular destination for boating and fishing, and is also a popular area for ice-fishing in the winter months.
Blue Mesa Reservoir is home to many species of fish and offers Wild Kokanee Salmon fishing, Lake trout fishing, ice fishing, fly fishing and trophy trout fishing.
Located in Western Colorado near the town of Gunnison, Colorado’s largest body of water is a must-see destination. Blue Mesa Reservoir spans 20 miles and boasts over 96 miles of shoreline. Blue Mesa is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, and offers two full service marinas — Elk Creek Marina and Lake Fork Marina — as well as the famous Pappy’s Restaurant overlooking the lake. The surrounding Gunnison County offers the best of Colorado with truly outstanding and spectacular scenic areas, gold medal and wild trout waters, and great recreation.
Gunnison Valley Observatory offers access to professional quality star gazing and knowledge of astronomy. Their 30-inch reflector telescope maximizes the thin and unpolluted Rocky Mountain atmosphere to bring distant astronomical vistas to the eyes of residents and visitors of the Gunnison Valley. You will experience the rotation of the computer-driven dome above your head and will each take turns viewing a night sky object.
Gunnison Valley Observatory is open for public viewing every Friday and Saturday evening from June 14 through September 14. The facility opens at sunset, approximately 8:00 PM in June and July and 7:30 PM in August and September. Evenings consist of a brief astronomy-related program and multiple telescope viewing opportunities. Admission is by donation and reservations are not required.
The Royal Gorge is a canyon of the Arkansas River located west of Cañon City, Colorado. The canyon begins at the mouth of Grape Creek about 2 mi (3.2 km) west of central Cañon City and continues in a west-northwesterly direction for approximately 6 mi (9.7 km) until ending near U.S. Route 50. Being one of the deepest canyons in Colorado, it is also known as the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas (River), with a maximum depth of 1,250 ft (380 m). The canyon is also very narrow, measuring from 50 ft (15 m) wide at its base to 300 ft (91 m) wide at its top, as it carves a path through the granite formations below Fremont Peak and YMCA Mountain, which rise above the north and south rims, respectively.
Crested Butte is a town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado known as “the last great Colorado ski town”, with it’s rich history as a coal mining town. The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway takes in wilderness areas like Kebler Pass, to the west, known for colorful Quaking aspen trees in fall. Shops and restaurants in wooden buildings line downtown’s Elk Avenue. Be sure to check out the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival.
Scenic River Tours offers Colorado whitewater rafting trips around Western Colorado on the Colorado, Taylor, Lake Fork, Rio Grande, and Gunnison River. Depending on your age and skill level they offer a full variety of raft trips to choose from on several rivers in the Gunnison, Crested Butte, Lake City, and Telluride Areas!
Sport Fish Colorado, is your Colorado fishing guide and authority on fishing for a variety of species on multiple Colorado Lakes and Reservoirs throughout Central, Southern and Western Colorado! Their passion is fishing and they want to share their love of this sport by showing you a first class Colorado Fishing Trip!
Sport Fish Colorado focuses on fishing for trophy Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Perch and Lake trout on the open lake waters of Blue Mesa, Antero, Spinney, 11 Mile, Taryall, Taylor, Rifle Gap, McPhee and Pueblo reservoirs!
The grounds of this fish hatchery are essentially a large riverside park full of mature cottonwood trees, riparian brush and water. It can be a terrific area to wander around in during spring and fall migration and also in the summer, when birds like Wilson’s Snipe, Yellow Warbler, Red-naped Sapsucker, Fox Sparrow, and Willow Flycatcher can be found breeding. This would be a great place to find a rare warbler in migration. At 840 acres, the area gives you plenty of places to look! At some times, fish hatchery personnel may be able to arrange a guided tour of the facility, which releases two million Kokanee salmon each year.
The Gunnison Pioneer Museum aims to preserve the history of those people that have come to Colorado and the Gunnison Country to make a life in the “middle of nowhere”. Surrounded by some of the most impressive mountain ranges of the Colorado Rockies, getting into and making a life in the Gunnison Country has never been an easy feat, even with today’s technology.
The Pioneer Museum is located at the base the iconic ‘W’ Mountain along Highway 50 in Gunnison, Colorado. Some of the Gunnison Country’s most historic buildings, like the Paragon School House and Alfonzo Hartman’s Post Office, now call the museum’s 14-acre campus their home. Thirty buildings house the Pioneer Society’s large and varied collection of donated objects from not only just the Gunnison Country, but from across the United States as well that demonstrate how times have changed and yet remained the same.
Gunnison-Crested Butte area offers a relaxing vacation spot for mountain fans who like to golf and golf fans who love the mountains. Their courses offer great golfing surrounded by absolutely stunning vistas.
There is one other distinct advantage to bringing your clubs on your next visit to Gunnison-Crested Butte: golf balls fly farther at altitude in our thin mountain air. While we can’t promise you’ll lower your handicap, we can promise you will enjoy yourself.
This tiny old mining town is quaint. A once prominent mining town called Virginia City, TinCup is a beautiful spot located high in the Rockies of central Colorado. Now known as a partial “ghost town”, in the Old West! Today, TinCup is a peaceful little town with seasonal residents that have been coming here for generations
TinCup has a rich and rocky history. The area flourished as a mining town in the 1880’s and 1890’s. But it had it's violent side also. The town marshall, Harry Rivers, was killed in a gunfight in 1882 and the next year Marshall Andy Jameson was shot to death.
Montrose is a historic Colorado town on the beautiful Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, perched in the perfect spot to serve as your base camp for year-round outdoor adventures, scenic drives and byways to a look into the history of the Ute Indians including ancient rock art. Home of the spectacular Black Canyon National Park, one of the nation’s most breathtaking scenic treasures.
Jagged peaks pierce deep blue skies while wildlife teems in rocky canyons and on high valley floors. Crystalline rivers flow from altitude while unique geology promises adventure and spurs endless exploration. And continuously, within this wondrous dreamscape, whispers from the past mingle with voices of the present in the cool, rarefied air of remote Hinsdale County and its historic town of Lake City.
The town, which is situated on an alpine meadow one mile long and one quarter mile wide, was incorporated on August 11, 1879, when it was renamed Pitkin after Governor Frederick W. Pitkin. At 9,242 feet, Pitkin provides just the delightful summer spot you have been seeking. Pitkin is a partial ghost town, with many of the original buildings standing in excellent condition.
The newly refurbished Pitkin Schoolhouse / Museum on the main street has been the recipient of many artifacts related to Pitkin’s history. It has a very hands-on approach as you can read the old newspapers, type on an old typewriter, and “try on” the old seats used in the school house.
The Dillon Pinnacles are a geologic phenomenon of southern Colorado. Volcanic eruptions formed the breccia rock into towering spires above the Sapinero Basin of Blue Mesa Reservoir. This short hike provides excellent photography opportunities and amazing views of one of the most iconic geologic structures in the Gunnison Valley as well as Blue Mesa Reservoir that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. Dillon Pinnacles Trail is a 3.7 mile and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Adventure Headquarters offers exciting SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) trips, Kayak Lessons, and trips that may include Horseback Riding, Camping, Rafting, or Hiking. Explore Blue Mesa Reservoir, Lake Fork Branch, Black Canyon Morrow Point, and Black Canyon Crystal Reservoir.