In the Gunnison Valley, we have escaped the contiguous development of many ski valleys and mountain towns in the west. We’re far enough away from population centers that you really feel like you’ve escaped when you arrive. Our legacy ranching community is strong and working ranches stretch from the south end of our valley all the way to our most northern points.
Running south to north, our towns are Gunnison, Almont, Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, and Gothic.
South Gunnison Valley Towns
An old cattle and mining town with the most affordable lodging in the valley and great places to get a meal. Desert riding at the Hartman Rocks trail system. Easy access point to the fine backcountry downhilling of White Pine and Monarch Pass. Host city of the Original Growler mountain bike race.
Home to the oldest rodeo in the state; Western State Colorado University; fine river and stream fly fishing; hoe downs; an active arts community; and the largest body of water in the state, Blue Mesa Reservoir. Easy access to The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
At the headwaters of the Gunnison River at the confluence of the East and Taylor Rivers. Best access point, and apres location, for Doctor Park and the rides in Taylor Canyon.
A tiny dot on the map. Two lodge operations here offer al fresco dining and comfortable rooms and cabins. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and rock climbing HQ for the valley plus a family-owned active dude ranch.
North Gunnison Valley Towns
Powder Magazine named CB the best ski town in America. Local birthplace of mountain biking. Great access to hundreds of miles of trail– from beginner to very challenging and type 2 fun. Homebase for Crested Butte Bike Week and The Enduro World Series.
The whole town is a National Historic District. A bit of lodging. From cheap to very fine eats. Full of color and local character and events. A fun and funny place. Lots of arts and music. Best place to find late night entertainment in the valley.
Located at the foot of Crested Butte Mountain and Evolution Bike Park. Access to the famed Gothic trail system, including the 401 Trail. The Fat Tire 40 climbs out of Gothic from Deer Creek Trail up to Mt. Crested Butte, offering a great spectator location. Free lift rides for bikers, hikers, and sightseers on Friday afternoons during the busiest months of summer.
Mt. Crested Butte is also where most the lodging in the valley is located. Lots of activities for kids. Lots of events. Lift rides and an Adventure Park. Limited dining options but those include one of the very best restaurants in the valley.