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Places to Go

Trails, Mountain Towns and Everywhere in Between

Find places to go in Crested Butte and Gunnison. Mountain bike a huge variety of trails, ski the steeps at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, or explore some of Colorado’s most vibrant mountain towns. With over two million acres of public lands, four unique mountain towns, 1,200+ miles of trails, a National Park and more, you’re sure to find an amazing place to go in the Gunnison Valley.

Mountain Towns

Explore The Gunnison Valley

The Gunnison Valley is home to four mountain towns: Gunnison, Almont, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Each town has its own unique vibe. Gunnison is home to Western Colorado University, high-desert mountain biking at Hartman Rocks, and a downtown full of local dining and shopping options. Further north is Almont, home to the Taylor River and access to many of the public lands in the area. Nearly at the end of the road is Crested Butte: Colorado’s coolest and most colorful ski town. Just up the road from Crested Butte is Mt. Crested Butte, home to Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Ski Areas and Nordic Trails

The Gunnison Valley has skiing ample opportunities for both downhill and cross-country skiing. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is a beloved Colorado ski area known for its steep and extreme terrain. With 1,527 skiable acres, there are runs for skiers of all abilities. The Crested Butte Nordic Center and Gunnison Nordic Club groom trails for cross-country skiing throughout the Gunnison Valley. 

Parks and Outdoors


With millions of acres of public lands in the Gunnison Valley, there’s space to satisfy nearly any adventure. Gunnison National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service lands are all within Gunnison County. Ride high desert at Hartman Rocks Recreation Area, visit Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest lake, explore Curecanti National Recreation Area and check out the views from Taylor Park. 



As people who enjoy outdoor recreation, it’s our job to keep this place beautiful. By practicing the principles of Leave No Trace, supporting trails organizations and traveling responsibly, we can keep the land pristine for many years to come. We invite you to be a steward alongside our community.

Colorado trip inspiration

Use these activity guides and trip itineraries to get started planning your trip to Colorado’s Gunnison Valley.

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