Most anything you want to know about the Gunnison Valley is contained on this site. Follow the links below for more information on:
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Getting Here
- Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, or to talk to a real person, there are two Visitor Centers in the Gunnison Valley that would be happy to assist.
For questions related to Gunnison or Almont, The Black Canyon National Park, or Blue Mesa please call the Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services at 970-641-1501.
For questions related to Crested Butte or Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, or anything else about the North Valley please call the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber or Commerce and Visitor Center at 970-349-6438.
The Gunnison-Crested Butte Team
- for information on the organization’s goals and strategy; or
- to get involved as a board member.
Phone: 970.379.5498, Email: [email protected]
- if you’re a journalist working on a story or planning a media visit;
- if you’re a local lodging partner excited to join Gunnison-Crested Butte Reservations.
Phone: 720.220.5700 Email: [email protected]
- if you have questions pertaining to GUC flights;
- if you want to sign up for the Gunnison Airfare Club and receive fare sale notices; or
- If you need help promoting your business to fly-in guests;
Phone: 970.275.1906 Email: [email protected]
- if you have a question about billing (all invoices should be sent to [email protected]);
- if you would like to know more about TA social media marketing;
- if you can’t remember how to access your partner account on this website; or
- if you have an event to add to the calendar.
Phone: 703.853.3287 Email: [email protected]
Tourism Association Office:
The TA maintains an office in Gunnison, CO to receive mail, store corporate records and promotional items, and hold meetings. However, most days staff members work out of home offices throughout the Gunnison Valley, local coffeeshops, or at the Chamber of Commerce buildings in Crested Butte or Gunnison. If you need to send us something in the mail, please send it to:
Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association
202 E. Georgia Avenue, Suite B
Gunnison, CO 81230
Info for Visitors
Over the years, we’ve had quite a few repeat questions come in from visitors planning their trips to Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley. We’ve collected those here to save you time and help you get your answers quickly and easily.
Gunnison is a quick 4-hour drive from Denver or just 3 hours from Colorado Springs. Crested Butte is only an additional 30 miles beyond Gunnison. Drive Highway 50, a scenic road that runs across our great state, or enjoy a scenic mountain drive in the summer: Kebler Pass (Gunnison County Road 12) and Cottonwood Pass (Chaffee County Road 306 to Gunnison County Road 209). Cottonwood Pass is paved on the Buena Vista side but dirt on the Taylor Park side. This pass offers spectacular views of the Taylor Reservoir and its surrounding mountains.
Flying into Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC) couldn’t be easier. Enjoy non-stop flights during the summer from Houston and Denver, both great for connecting from other parts of the country. In winter we have non-stop flights from Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago in addition to our Houston and Denver service.
The answers to these questions are “not really” and “yes, a quite good one.”
You don’t really need a rental car to explore Gunnison-Crested Butte, although it’s not a bad idea if you want to travel to some of the trailheads and recreation areas outside of town. It’s also important to know that if you arrive via plane and don’t rent a car, you’ll need to arrange either a hotel shuttle (most lodging in Gunnison) or an airport transfer (most lodging in Crested Butte).
The Gunnison Valley is home to what may be the best free public transportation system in the world. The Gunnison Valley RTA has a bus that runs between Crested Butte and Gunnison 13+ times a day during the winter and summer seasons and 7+ times per day during the off-seasons (spring and fall). The bus loops through the city of Gunnison before heading up Highway 135 to stop in Crested Butte South, Crested Butte, and Mt. Crested Butte. Mountain Express runs shuttles between Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte 4 times per hour winter and summer and every 40 minutes in the off-seasons. Mountain Express also runs other bus loops in Mt. Crested Butte during the winter and summer, looping around the condos on the mountain and out to Gothic in the summer months.
We’re justifiably proud of our heritage as one of the birthplaces of mountain biking in the Gunnison Valley. That pride led us to create an web-based mobile map app. Just point your phone browser to cbgtrails.com. Then add CBGTrails to your homescreen and download maps for the area you’re planning to explore. Once you have downloaded a map, you can even leave service. As long as your phone is connected to GPS, you’ll be able to follow your progress.
If you’re looking for more information on the trails, head to mtbhome.com. There, you’ll find an interactive trail guide, tips on the best apres spots, and ride reports from riding local trails. Want even more intel? Head to a local mountain biking shop and talk to the staff. All of our shops have friendly locals on staff who are excited to help you plan a weekend (or week, or month) of fun riding.
In summer, we enjoy 75 degrees and sunny most days in Crested Butte. In July and August, expect a brief afternoon thunderstorm, so get out and play early in the day and then use the monsoon as an excuse to shop, eat, nap, or drink. Nights are pleasantly cool and dry so no air conditioning is needed. Gunnison is a bit warmer and gets less moisture. Expect the mid-80s in Gunnison.
In Fall, summer weather continues with nights dipping into the 20s. Typically, the monsoon finishes up right around Labor Day and September often brings some of the best days of the year. By October, it often starts to snow in Crested Butte, but nice days can be found between snowfalls. Gunnison typically avoids the snows in October.
Winter in Gunnison-Crested Butte is marked, once again, by sunny days. We like to say it’s either snowing or sunny; there’s not much in between so you probably won’t see many gray days. It can be quite cold, but our high altitude and the sun mean that it doesn’t feel as cold. March is sunny, warm, and spectacular most days.
For daily weather reports and forecasts the best source is CBTV 10, the local television station.
Our towns, and the people who live in them, are stoked to share our little mountain paradise with you. Whether you’re visiting for the best extreme ski terrain in the lower 48, looking to explore the best mountain biking trail system on the planet (literally), or you’re just looking to hang out and sit on a bench on Elk to watch the world go by, we’ve got you covered. We’re also home to Colorado’s largest lake and Aspen grove and the state’s oldest rodeo. We’re the Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado. We have more great restaurants per capita than any other valley in the west, too.*
*not fact-checked, but probably true.
Info for our Partners:
We are pleased to partner with local businesses, non-profits, event organizers, and the Chambers of Commerce in the Gunnison Valley to promote our community and deliver an outstanding experience to guests. To help get you the information you need as quickly as possible, we’ve compiled the FAQ below. If your question isn’t answered below, or you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our team members.
If you’ve logged in before and can’t remember your password, use the login link in the footer of the site. Then, use the forgot password link and follow instructions to reset your password.
If you don’t know the email address/username associated with your account, email Marketing Coordinator Daniel Kreykes for assistance.
If you are holding an event in the Gunnison Valley and would like to talk to the TA about partnership opportunities, reach out to our Project Manager Laurel Runcie.
- Resident or property owner of Gunnison County, and
- Have significant marketing experience that can be applied to tourism marketing, or
- Have current or past business experience providing services to visitors in Gunnison County as a senior decision maker, and
- View the County as one interdependent and interconnected economic system.
If you meet those qualifications and you are interested in applying to be on the TA Board, applications are typically due in January of each year. The selection committee consisting of the three LMD board members and the two permanent members of the TA Board will conduct interviews and select new board members for the TA.
If you are interested in applying for the TA board and have questions about the process, please reach out to TA Executive Director, John Norton.
Press and Advertising
Thanks for your interest in the Gunnison Valley. We hope this FAQ helps you answer any questions you have about the Gunnison Valley. If you can’t find the answer to your question here, check out our full press room.