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Gunnison - Southwest Colorado

Includes Almont, Blue Mesa Lake, Ohio City, Parlin, Pitkin, Sargents, Sapinero, Taylor Park, Waunita Hot Springs

Experience Gunnison, Blue Mesa Lake, Ohio City, Parlin, Pitkin, Sargents, Sapinero, Taylor Park, and Waunita Hot Springs, Colorado

Named for a topographer who was mapping a railroad route to the Pacific in 1853, Gunnison is surrounded by over 1.7 million acres of public land. The Gunnison River Territory stretches from one spectacular nature scape to another with plunging canyon walls, emerald lakes, imposing peaks and wildflower meadows. Ute Indians, miners, ranchers and the railroads all contributed to the western character of this area.

Fishing on Taylor River, Colorado
River Fishing on Taylor River
The top of Monarch Pass, Colorado
Monarch Pass on Highway 50 - Elevation 11,312'
 

Today, Gunnison prides itself on having some of the best outdoor recreation in the state. Blue Mesa Reservoir in the Curecanti National Recreation Area, 9 miles west, is the largest man-made lake in Colorado with 96 miles of shoreline - an angler's paradise. Gunnison National Forest has more than 750 miles of teeming trout streams and reservoirs. Nearby, the Aberdeen Quarry was in operation from 1889 to 1892 and supplied the stone for Denver's capitol. The Alpine Tunnel is 30 miles east of Gunnison and northeast of Ohio City and Sargents. The tunnel is now abandoned and only accessible by off-road vehicle, bore through the Continental Divide at 11,523', making it the highest railroad station in the country. Drive along the West Elk Scenic Byway through Almont, 30 miles north to Crested Butte.

Boating on Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado
Enjoy the Day Boating on Blue Mesa Reservoir
A sailboat on Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, Colorado
Blue Mesa Reservoir has 96 Miles of Shoreline
 

The Gunny Play Park is located just outside of Gunnison on the Gunnison River along Hwy 50. It has 3 surf features and a series of rock formations that offer a variety of experiences at different levels creating a paddle playground for kayakers. This park hosts the annual Gunnison River Festival in June.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by Gunnison County Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.

Gunnison is near: Crested Butte & Lake City

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Premium Gunnison Businesses

Blue Mesa Fishing - Guided Lake and Fly-Fishing  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
A PREMIER FISHING EXPERIENCE in GUNNISON: Guided Lake, trolling and Ice Huts for Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon on Blue Mesa Reservoir, or Fly-Fishing on the Gunnison River and Cebolla Creek.

Fishing 


Lost Canyon Resort - Cabins on the Beautiful Gunnison River  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon Location map of property icon
Moderate rates - people-friendly, children-friendly -- pet-friendly. Enjoy quiet starry night skies at beautiful Lost Canyon -- a rustic river-front resort, 8 miles North of Gunnison. Fully-equipped log fishing cabins.

cabins Pets Welcome Lodging by water Scenic Byways Fishing 


Quartz Creek Lodge in Pitkin  Reservation link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
Nestled in peaceful Gunnison National Forest our Pitkin Lodge is near Quartz Creek and trails to hike, snowmobile, ATV. Historic rooms: WI-FI, kitchen, Boyers coffee, concierge services, holistic practitioner.

cabins ATVing and Offroading Hunting 



Featured Gunnison Businesses

Almont Resort - A Family Resort  Web page link icon
A vacation resort, you can Fish, Saddle and Paddle while enjoying our riverfront cabins and large homes between Gunnison and Crested Butte in Almont, Colorado. Family restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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Blue Mesa Fishing - Guided Lake and Fly-Fishing  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
A PREMIER FISHING EXPERIENCE in GUNNISON: Guided Lake, trolling and Ice Huts for Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon on Blue Mesa Reservoir, or Fly-Fishing on the Gunnison River and Cebolla Creek.

Fishing 


Cattlemen's Days - Annual Rodeo  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
117th Annual Rodeo, July 13-15, 2017, in Gunnison; sanctioned PRCA rodeo events, dancing, horse show, cow pie bingo, horse races. CATTLEMEN'S DAYS EVENTS: parade, fair, carnival, live music.

Attractions 


Colorado Adventure Rentals: ATVs, UTVs and Snowmobiles  Web page link icon
Explore the best trails in Colorado! Winter and Summer Rentals! Polaris and Arctic Cat: Snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs. Adventures: Gunnison, Crested Butte and Buena Vista provide you with days of off-roading.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


Ferro's Blue Mesa Ranch and Guide Service  Web page link icon
Large furnished fishing cabins on Blue Mesa Lake at Ferro's Ranch. Local Guide Services: fishing trips and horseback rides into Black Canyon National Park and Gunnison National Forest. Dogs welcome.

cabins Horseback Riding 


Kreuger Ranch Cabins  Web page link icon
Sports and Relaxation specialist will both be happy: WIld Trout fishing and unguided hunting near Gunnison, Kreuger's is a working ranch on 500-acres! Stay in one of our log cabins or bring your RV.

cabins Fishing 


Lost Canyon Resort - Cabins on the Beautiful Gunnison River  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon Location map of property icon
Moderate rates - people-friendly, children-friendly -- pet-friendly. Enjoy quiet starry night skies at beautiful Lost Canyon -- a rustic river-front resort, 8 miles North of Gunnison. Fully-equipped log fishing cabins.

cabins Pets Welcome Lodging by water Scenic Byways Fishing 


Mesa Campground  Web page link icon
From the campground walk to the Gunnison River; between Blue Mesa Lake and Gunnison on Hwy 50. Modern RV sites: patio, gas BBQ grills, furniture - 4 have private hot tubs. LUXURY CABINS open all year.

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Lodging by water 


Mother Lode RV Park
Vacation off the beaten path in the mountains in a historic mining valley; 20 miles northeast of Gunnison near Ohio City. Full hookup RV sites. Pets welcome. Ride your ATV or Jeep to the Alpine R&R Tunnel.

RV Parks and Resorts Pets Welcome ATVing and Offroading Scenic Drives 


Quartz Creek Lodge in Pitkin  Reservation link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
Nestled in peaceful Gunnison National Forest our Pitkin Lodge is near Quartz Creek and trails to hike, snowmobile, ATV. Historic rooms: WI-FI, kitchen, Boyers coffee, concierge services, holistic practitioner.

cabins ATVing and Offroading Hunting 


Rockey River Resort - Along the Gunnison River  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Spend your holiday along the River, north of Gunnison on your way to Crested Butte! Riverfront Cabins. RESORT AMENITIES: Rockey Barn, WI-FI, library, use Townie bike. Enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, relaxing.

cabins Pets Welcome Lodging by water Scenic Byways Fishing 


Silver Plume General Store, Grill & ATV Rentals  Web page link icon
30 miles from Gunnison - WHERE THE TRAILS START - in Pitkin. Silver Plume Store: Rentals ATVs and UTVs, general supplies, fuel, snacks. Silver Plume Grill is open in Summer for lunch and dinner.

ATVing and Offroading Restaurant 


Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting Raft, Fish, Kayak  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
In Almont, 10 miles north of Gunnison. Riverside resort cabins and vacation homes on Three Rivers: Taylor, East, Gunnison. Pro-Fly Shop. Outfitting: Fish, Raft, Kayak. Smokehouse Grill open in summer.

cabins vacation homes RV Parks and Resorts Pets Welcome Lodging by water Groups and Reunions Fishing Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles Whitewater Rafting Winter Lodging Downhill Skiing 


Water Wheel Inn  Reservation link icon Photos on page icon New Colorado business icon
Surrounded by the natural beauty of Gunnison with trees and ponds, Water Wheel Inn is on 5 acres. The rooms are large and luxuriously furnished. Ice-fishing packages, and discount lift tickets. Pets welcome!

motels Pets Welcome National Parks Fishing 


Waunita Hot Springs Ranch  Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
27 miles east of Gunnison, Waunita offers family lodge rooms, a reunion lodge, and HOT SPRINGS POOL! From the Ranch gate ATV in summer and fall, or snowmobile in winter and early spring.

lodges Pool on site Groups and Reunions Scenic Byways Hot Springs ATVing and Offroading 



For more travel information contact:

Gunnison Activities & Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Blue Mesa Reservoir/Curecanti National Recreation Area

Scenic Byways:
Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway -UPDATED-
West Elk Loop Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
Gunnison Taylor Park Loop Scenic Drive -UPDATED-

Seasonal Attractions:
Cattlemen's Days

Fishing:
Blue Mesa Reservoir & Gunnison River Fishing Map -UPDATED-
East River Fishing Map
Taylor River Fishing Map

Rafting & Kayaking:
Gunnison River Rafting & Kayaking -UPDATED-
Lake Fork of the Gunnison River Rafting & Kayaking -UPDATED-
Taylor River Rafting & Kayaking

Jeep & 4WD:
Crested Butte & Gunnison Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails

Hot Springs:
Gunnison Hot Springs

Snowmobiling:
Greater Gunnison Area Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-
Salida & Monarch Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-
Crested Butte & Taylor Park Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-

Local Area Maps:
Greater Gunnison Area Map


 
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