The Gunnison Valley is home to mountain towns surrounded by beautiful open spaces. The city of Gunnison and the town of Crested Butte have a long legacy of mining and ranching histories. The public lands around them have been preserved through local and national partnerships for locals and visitors alike to enjoy for generations.
Deep in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains lies the Gunnison Valley. On the north end are the towns of Mt. Crested Butte and Crested Butte, known for their mining history and, these days, for being outdoor recreation hubs. Farther south is the tiny hamlet of Almont, the home of the Taylor River and abundant public lands access. On the south end of the valley, where Highway 50 meets Highway 135, is Gunnison, home of Western Colorado University, Hartman Rocks and a rich ranching legacy.
The Gunnison Valley boasts nearly every type of public land, from national forests, to a national park, to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, to wilderness areas. More than two million acres of public lands in Gunnison County encompass everything from the high desert of Hartman Rocks Recreation Area, to the rivers and woods of Gunnison National Forest, to the high alpine trails in the Maroon-Bells Snowmass wilderness.
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