NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
The National Park Service manages two large parks within Gunnison County. Curecanti National Recreation Area encompasses the length of the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest lake, and offers some of the best camping, boating, and fishing in the country.
Below Curecanti NRA is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This Park is one of the newest in the country and its namesake is one of the deepest/narrowest gorges in the world. From either rim you can stare straight down 2000′ to the roiling waters of the Gunnison. Due to its inaccessibility at the bottom, those who enter can be sure to find monstrous trout, Class V and VI whitewater, and some of the biggest multi-pitch routes in the west, all in one of the most stunning and empty places you’ll ever visit. If the adventure of visiting the bottom isn’t for you, the Park Service maintains a Visitor Center and driving tour on the South Rim and several overlooks along the North Rim.
U.S. Forest Service
The U.S.F.S maintains the vast majority of public lands in Gunnison County. The Gunnison National Forest is home to a large quantity of the singletrack that visitors and locals enjoy. In addition to the regular swaths of National Forest that they are stewards of, they also host 5 Wilderness Areas in Gunnison County: Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Fossil Ridge, the Raggeds, West Elk, and Collegiate Peaks.
Bureau of Land Management
Most of the southern portion of Gunnison County falls under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, including the singletrack hub of Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. Tons of camping, mountain biking, and back road exploration are possible on BLM managed lands in the Gunnison Valley.