Winter brings many opportunities for outdoor recreation in Gunnison. Gunnison Nordic provides groomed trails all over town. There are non-groomed areas as well. Hit Dos Rios or Western Colorado University for easy lunchtime laps. For a more wilderness Gunnison nordic ski experience, head to Hartman Rocks or Mill Creek.
There are groomed and non-groomed places to cross-country ski around Gunnison. Gunnison Nordic grooms a track at Mill Creek, Van Tuyl Ranch, Jorgensen Park, the Western Colorado University practice field, Hartman Rocks Recreation Area and Dos Rios Golf Club. Non-groomed areas include Spring Creek Road and Curecanti National Recreation Area. Gunnison National Forest and Fossil Ridge Wilderness could also provide access for cross-country skiing. If you choose to Nordic ski in a remote area, please be aware of avalanche dangers and make sure you have the proper skills, knowledge, and equipment to stay safe.
There are a few groomed tracks around Gunnison for cross-country skiing. The Western Colorado University practice field is a short loop perfect for beginners or anyone who wants to get quick laps in. This track has a small hill that is great for beginners to practice going ip and down hills. Van Tuyl Ranch is a working ranch—Gunnison Nordic grooms in the pastures. Dogs are not allowed in the pastures. This track has a beautiful view of the Palisades, a towering rock feature on the west side of town. Jorgensen Park has a waxing room and a flat groomed track over the baseball fields. Dos Rios Golf Club is a golf course turned ski track in the winter. There are a few loops that can be skied individually for a shorter ski or connected for a longer one. This track offers a scenic and peaceful place to ski that is in town.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is about 60 miles from Gunnison near Montrose, Colorado. Every winter the National Parks Service closes part of the South Rim Drive to vehicles and grooms a track for Nordic skiing along the South Rim Drive at Black Canyon National Park. This unique experience is free as there are no entrance costs to the park in the winter. The track is available for classic and skate skiing and snowshoeing and is six miles one-way. Stop at the overlooks along the way to take in the view.
The Gunnison Valley is home to two million acres of public lands. These public lands provide so many fun things to do. In the summer enjoy hiking, high desert mountain biking, boating, fishing and more. Try out fat biking or downhill skiing at Cranor Hill or Crested Butte Mountain Resort in the winter. The Crested Butte Nordic Center offers groomed cross-country ski trails in Crested Butte. Plan your trip today!