Parks and Outdoors

Small Towns. Big Terrain.

Uncover Colorado national parks, outdoor destinations, and unforgettable natural landscapes including Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. Home to over 2+ million acres of public lands, there’s more than plenty to keep you busy.

To get the full Gunnison Crested Butte experience, you’ll want to pair your outdoor adventures with some time in our vibrant towns. Like pizza and french fries, the two go hand-in-hand together and allow you to experience our region’s vibrant history alongside truly unforgettable adventures. To help visualize your trip, we’ve compiled our top destinations on this page.

fat bikers riding down trail

Hartman Rocks Recreation Area

black canyon national park

Black Canyon National Park

hiker at taylor park

Taylor Park

hiker in gunnison national forest

Gunnison National Forest

Sailing on Blue Mesa

Curecanti National Recreation Area & Blue Mesa Reservoir

chest deep powder

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Home to 4 Mountain Towns

Vibrant Towns and Inspiring Heritage

When you’re done with your Colorado national park visit and other outdoor adventures, the towns here provide a laid-back place to enjoy a meal or grab a drink. Soak in the college-town vibes of downtown Gunnison or immerse yourself in the eclectic atmosphere of Crested Butte. A variety of hotels and other lodging options are available throughout the valley.


Find inspiration, trip itineraries, and tips for your next visit to Gunnison Crested Butte.

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