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Do you love mountain sports and the outdoors?

We do, too! Biking, skiing, fishing, and more; we have the outdoor activity you’ve been looking for.

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Tread Lightly

The Gunnison Valley draws many visitors each year because of its natural environment, scenic beauty, and outstanding year-round recreational opportunities. Because the area attracts so many people, there is always the risk that a careless visitor will unknowingly damage the very resources they are here to enjoy. Everyone who uses the public lands in the valley has the potential to impact both resources and other visitors. It must be everyone’s goal everyone to understand and minimize the impacts of their visit. Please work with us to help ensure that the Gunnison-Crested Butte area continues to be a special place.

  1. Use Vehicles responsibly. Each area has rules that govern vehicle use. Stay on designated or existing routes and out of closed areas. Limit your driving in wet conditions to avoid road damage.
  2. Leave No Trace. Leave the valley better than you found it so others will have the same beautiful experience you did. Take care of public facilities. Leave wildflowers and natural objects for others to enjoy. Do not deface or dismantle historical or archaeological sites. Take your trash with you when you leave.
  3. Respect Other Visitors. You share these lands with many people; make sure your fun is not ruining anyone else’s. Minimize noise, keep pets under control and drive safely on narrow roads and trails.
  4. Keep Wildlife Wild. Visitors can unknowingly disturb wildlife present on public lands. Do not feed the animals. Enjoy them from a distance. Move quietly through the woods, especially in stream-side areas.
  5. Respect Private Property. It is your responsibility to know where you are. Be sure you have legal access to the places you want to enjoy. If you do open a gate, close it behind you. Area ranchers graze cattle on public lands. Keep a healthy distance from cattle and do not disturb the herd.
  6. Have a Safe Trip. Changing weather and difficult terrain may pose hazards to the unprepared traveler. Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return. Be ready for changing conditions and stay within your capabilities.

Local managing agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service, or National Park Service are good resources to help you get the most out of your trip and provide advice on other specific considerations about the area such as legal access, safety, road conditions, and much more.

These are our public lands—protect them like the treasure they are!


There are so many activities to check out on your vacation to Crested Butte and Gunnison!

Whether you’re looking for outdoor reaction, arts and culture, health and wellness, or sightseeing, Gunnison and Crested Butte have something for everyone!

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