Lodging in Gunnison

Lodging in Gunnison, Colorado is convenient, simple and affordable. A selection of large chain hotels is located just minutes from Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport and Western Colorado University. Staying in Gunnison positions you close to outdoor activities and public lands in all seasons. Downtown Gunnison, walkable from many hotels, is a laid-back place to enjoy a sit-down meal or grab a coffee to go. Highway 135 connects Gunnison to Crested Butte via a scenic, 30-mile stretch of two-lane road. Browse options for lodging in Gunnison below.

The rocky bank of the Gunnison River in late summer

Why stay in Gunnison?

Lake and river access in Gunnison

In summer, staying in Gunnison affords easy access to water-based activities like rafting and fishing. Anglers will appreciate Gunnison’s close proximity to many public access points on the Gunnison River. Blue Mesa Reservoir is just a few miles west of town on Highway 50 towards Montrose. The Taylor River, ripe with boating and fly-fishing opportunities, is a 20-minute drive away.

Proximity to trails in Gunnison

Staying in Gunnison puts you less than five minutes away from Hartman Rocks Recreation Area and Western Colorado University, and 40 minutes from downtown Crested Butte. Ride your bike (or drive) from town to the MTB trails at Hartman Rocks and Signal Peak. Taylor Canyon and Crested Butte are an easy drive north on Highway 135. Black Canyon National Park is an hour’s drive west on Highway 50.

Downtown Gunnison

Nightlife and business in the small city of Gunnison centers around Main Street (Highway 135) near its intersection with Highway 50. Take a stroll through this picturesque downtown zone to browse family-friendly restaurants, galleries and shops housed in historic buildings. Although there are a few fast-food chain restaurants elsewhere in Gunnison, all the dining options in the downtown area are unique to Gunnison.

Looking for groceries, hardware or other necessities? Of anywhere in the valley, Gunnison has the widest selection of large stores.

Other things to do in Gunnison

Looking for other activities in Gunnison? Check out the Gunnison Observatory for weekly events. If you drive into town from the east, you can’t miss the Pioneer Museum with its displays of historic trains and other Wild West artifacts. Jorgensen Ice Rink and Events Center hosts hockey games and offers public skating sessions.

Staying in Gunnison during ski season

In winter, a 45-minute drive gets you from Gunnison to the slopes of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. No car? Take the free RTA bus to the base area instead.

The Western Colorado University campus in winter.

Western Colorado University events

Visiting Western Colorado University for homecoming or graduation? Stay in Gunnison for convenient access to campus events. These are some of the busiest weekends of the year in Gunnison for visitation, so make reservations well in advance of your trip.

Activity ideas in Gunnison

  • Spring and summer: go mountain biking at Hartman Rocks
  • Fall: hike the Mill-Castle trail in Gunnison National Forest
  • Winter: try fat biking on groomed trails at Hartman Rocks
Spring mountain biking at Hartman Rocks.

Other places to stay in the Gunnison Valley

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