Gunnison and Crested Butte are located just West of the Continental Divide in the heart of Gunnison County (pop 16,000) Gunnison (pop.6000) is 65 miles west of Salida on HWY 50. Crested Butte (pop.1600) is about 28 miles north of Gunnison on CO 135.
The Taylor River & East River join north of Gunnison to form the Gunnison River, which flows thru town and forms the lakes in the Curecanti National Recreation Area and eventually flows into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There are a number of places along the three rivers for camping, fishing, rafting, & wildlife viewing.
Crested Butte is often referred to as "the last great ski town". Residents of the front range must drive past a number of larger ski resorts to arrive in Crested Butte, which keeps the slopes & town less crowded. During the summer months Crested Butte is a popular destination for wildflower viewing and mountain biking. During the fall, tourists visit to see the changing colors in one of the world's largest aspen groves, which is a short 15 minute drive west of town near Kebler Pass.
Fishing & Hunting Licenses are available online at http://cpw.state.co.us
Registration info for Boats, Snowmobiles, & ATV's is also available on the same site.
Groceries & Supplies
In Gunnison, your Dillon's/City Market/King Sooper/Kroger card can be used for discounts on groceries at King Sooper. There is a small Walmart next door to King Sooper. Safeway is also in town off of Hwy 50.
Taylor Park Reservoir and the Taylor River:
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