Gunnison Travel Guide

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Gunnison Overview

Gunnison is a small yet diverse community in the central Colorado Mountains. The town is a beautiful place, but it is known for harsh winters. Winter whiteouts, feet of snow, and sub-zero temperatures are common.
Gunnison was home to Ute Indians long before Gunnison was settled by fur traders. After learning the hard way that farming is near impossible in the region, ranching quickly emerged as the agricultural mainstay of the region. Silver brought tens of thousands to the area during the 1870s and 80s and Gunnison developed into a smelting, railroad and supply town. After the turn of the century, coal and cattle ruled the area.
Today, Western State College is the main population booster. Students willing to brave the harsh winter will find an outdoor lover’s paradise with Monarch ski area just a drive up the road. If playing outdoors isn’t your bag, then Gunnison isn’t your town. With the possible exception of body surfing, there’s something for every enthusiast. The area holds bragging rights to what many consider to be the country’s best fly-fishing and big game hunting. Warm summer months provide some of the most scenic hiking and camping in the Rockies. Bird watchers will enjoy sighting an American Bald Eagle or Red Tailed Hawk, while botanists will delight at the bloom of summer wildflowers throughout the local mountains. The main draws however are the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Blue Mesa.
The town is friendly and the summer months are quite wonderful! Galleries, museums, and family owned restaurants dot the main drag. It is a unique and fun town with beautiful high country mountains as the backdrop.

I love Gunnison as its a good place to stock up on supplies. It is the gateway to several mountaintop dirt roads that happen to be through trails to other towns. The trails are mostly free backcountry camping oppertunities. I like the railroad and mineing ruins.

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