Updates: COVID-19 and Travel Within Colorado and the Gunnison Valley

Travel Recommendations

Public Health Order: “Visitors to Gunnison County are directed to return home immediately. Persons considering visiting the Gunnison Valley should remain home.”

A Letter for Our Friends Who Visit Gunnison-Crested Butte

The Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism and Prosperity Partnership no longer encourages visitation to the Gunnison Valley until the effects of COVID-19 have waned. While it is painful to make this decision, we have decided to ask visitors that if you have plans to visit in the foreseeable future, cancel them.

This is for the safety of our local population as well as the safety of our visitors who we often refer to as “temporary locals.”

On March 17, Vail Resorts announced the closing of their North American operations–including Crested Butte Mountain Resort, of course–for the season. Many of our valley’s businesses are also slowing or ceasing operations to protect our community from a quick spread of the coronavirus.

On March 16, an amended Public Health Order was issued, closing all short-term lodging unless an exemption is issued by the Public Health Director for quarantine and emergency-response crews. All visitors were directed to return home immediately “by the fastest and safest available means” (asked to self-isolate upon return home). The order closes all restaurants and retail other than delivery service. Gatherings are now limited to fewer than 10 people. For more information, visit (PDF).

On March 15, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment advised anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin or Gunnison counties in the past week to minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.

Gunnison County Resources

Gunnison County has set up a central hub of information for the public. Visit for the latest updates on the coronavirus. They plan to release updates each day at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Gunnison County Health and Human Services Facebook page will be the primary source of information as it’s released.

If you are experiencing symptoms, you are urged to stay at home and call the information center at 970-641-7660, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

On March 12, Gunnison County Health and Human Services director Joni Reynolds delivered a Facebook Live message related to COVID-19. As of March 12, the Gunnison County Health and Human Services Department intends to post updates at 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. each day along with timely updates on their Facebook page.

On March 14, Gunnison County announced that access to its facilities is restricted due to the spread of coronavirus in Colorado. These restrictions are in place until April 8, when these precautions will be re-evaluated.

Colorado Resources

Stay informed

CO HELP: COVID-19 hotline

  • For answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话) and more:
    • Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911.
    • Email [email protected] (answers in English only).
    • If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call a healthcare provider.

Sources for public health information

In the Media

From Gunnison County’s Commissioners

Gunnison County Commissioners have signed a Local Disaster Emergency Declaration on March 12. This declaration allows Gunnison County to pursue state aid, as well as sets a foundation for further public health action if needed. The declaration will remain in effect for seven days unless continued or renewed by the County Commissioners.

From Colorado’s Governor

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a state of emergency on March 10 in order to increase the state’s access to federal resources, prevent the spread of COVID-19 and continue to keep residents, travelers and destinations safe.

During a news conference March 11, Polis said that the state’s mountain communities are especially vulnerable because of their lack of resources to fight the virus’ spread, high altitude, and the many visitors from the Front Range and out of state.

Polis went on to warn anyone over the age of 60 or with underlying health issues “to abstain from traveling to Colorado’s mountains unless it’s absolutely necessary,” according to The Colorado Sun.

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