Home | Getting Started | Gift Center | Gear Store | Topo Maps | My Wildernet | Newsletter Signup
Colorado > Gunnison Area
Destination Locator: (9 options)

Gunnison Area

Area Map

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park- Black Canyon is located near Montrose in western Colorado. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
Cebolla Ranger District- 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.
Crawford State Park- Crawford State Park lies immediately west of the West Elk Wilderness in the Gunnison National Forest. It is a secluded and scenic park with great opportunities for fishing and boating.
Curecanti National Recreation Area- Three reservoirs - Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal - extend for 40 miles along the Gunnison River and form the heart of Curecanti National Recreation Area. Blue Mesa Reservoir, with a surface area of 14 square miles, is the largest lake in Colorado.
Gunnison Gorge Recreation Management Area- The Gunnison Gorge supports kayaking, rafting, hiking, primitive camping, and great trout fishing. The only access to the inner gorge is on four steep trails.
Gunnison Recreation Management Area-
Gunnison River- The Gunnison River has become widely known for its famous Black Canyon Section, which is commonly described as "awesome, spectacular and fantastic." The fishing and whitewater sport on the river is just as good as the scenery.
Taylor River- The Taylor is a 20 mile stretch of tailwater stream that flows through a beautiful valley with scenery and water changing around every bend. This river offers some exceptional fishing for large fish below the dam. It also offers an intermediate whitewater run in a pretty canyon called New Generation.
Taylor River Ranger District- The Taylor River Ranger District encompasses the portion of the Gunnison National Forest north of Gunnison and Blue Mesa Reservoir. It includes the area around Crested Butte and the Taylor River drainage.

Search by Name within Colorado:

Activity Locator: (782 recreation options)

Activities within Gunnison Area:

All Gunnison Area Outdoor Recreation Activities

Gunnison Area Customized Topo Maps and Aerial Photos
Gunnison Area Outfitters and Guides
Outdoor Gear and Clothing

Search by Name within Colorado:

Satellite Map

Trip Planner

Reservable Campgrounds
Hotels Airline Tickets Car Rentals
B&Bs Yellow Pages City Guide

General Information

Description - Gunnison County is a slice of the old west. Its roots are in mining and ranching. Ranching remains a significant industry in the area and provides an interesting flavor to the town's character. Another industry that contributes to the Gunnison economy is education. Western State College is located in Gunnison and is one of the largest employers in the area. The first landmark visitors notice upon arrival in Gunnison is the large white 'W' on the side of Tenderfoot Mountain. It was created by students and faculty in 1923, and has provided fuel for many folk tales.

Recreation - The Gunnison National Forest and Curecanti National Recreation Area provide Gunnisonians with endless recreation opportunities on land and water. Winter activities include snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and snowmobiling. During the summer months outdoor adventures include swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, road biking, mountain biking, fishing and four-wheel driving.

Climate - Gunnison is known for its cold winters and occasionally getting the title of The coldest location in the lower 48. Truly, its not always that way. Gunnison gets its fair share of sunny warm days, but the cold air that settles in the valley on winter nights makes Western State students dread their 8 a.m. classes. The key to beating the sting of the cold is dressing properly. Be sure to wear warm layers of clothes when you visit the Gunnison Country.

Location - The town of Gunnison is located at the intersection of Highways 50 and 135. Highway 50 leads east over Monarch Pass to Salida and the Arkansas River Valley; and west to Montrose and Grand Junction. Highway 135 leads north to Crested Butte. The town is situated north of the junction of the Gunnison River and Tomichi Creek. The townsite is bordered by these two waterways, Tomichi Creek on the east and Gunnison River to the west.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Trip Reports:
Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

No trip reports filed to date. Please be the first one to do so!

More Information

Contact Information:
Gunnison County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 36 , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-1501

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
Southwest Region - This region lies south of the Elk Mountains and Grand Mesa and west of the Continental Divide. It includes spectacular mountains, and varied terrain that supports recreation activities of many types and all skill levels.

Community Website of Gunnison - This site provides community information such as, weather, travel, accomodations and an activity guide.
Discover the Real West - This site provides all types of information, including current weather, recreation, lodging, etc., for many communities on Colorado's western slope.
Gunnison, Colorado - This site provides visitor information for the Gunnison Area.


About Wildernet |  Email to a Friend  |  Disclaimer |  Privacy |  Contact Us  | Comments & Suggestions
Advertisers & Sponsors |  Owners & Operators |  Tourism Promotors
©1995-2019 Interactive Outdoors Inc. All rights reserved.