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Crawford is a small town located in Delta County in the west central portion of the state. Situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountain's West Elk Range, Crawford is surrounded by extraordinary views and unique geological structures. The town is largely supported by tourism, due to its' close proximity to the Crawford Reservoir State Park, Paonia State Park, Gunnison National Forest, West Elk Wilderness and Black Canyon National Park. Crawford Reservoir provides year round fishing for northern pike, trout, bass, and crappie. Camping is available in the park, along with boating, skiing, and swimming on the lake. Scenic rugged mountains surround Paonia State Park and in springtime, the abundant wildflowers make it a "must see" for photographers. There are no hiking trails or groomed cross-country ski trails at Paonia, but horseback riding and skiing can be done on an informal basis along the shore of the lake. Paonia does offer camping at two separate campgrounds, and the lake is known for its northern pike fishing. The town of Crawford is also near the mountains of Gunnison National Forest, an area rich in mining history that offers hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and skiing. The local Chamber of Commerce describes the area around Crawford this way - "these are real mountains for real people, far removed from the celebrity jet set crowd in nearby Aspen and Vail."

Surrounding areas: Hotchkiss, Colorado (8.9 mi), Paonia, Colorado (11.4 mi), Montrose, Colorado (21.2 mi), Olathe, Colorado (21.3 mi), Cedaredge, Colorado (21.9 mi), Delta, Colorado (24.9 mi), Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado (26.8 mi)

Crawford Vacation Rentals

Crawford Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Lodge406 Hwy 133Hotchkiss, CO8.9 mi.(970) 872-2200
Montrose Comfort Inn2100 E Main StMontrose, CO20.0 mi.(970) 240-8000
Best Western Red Arrow1702 E Main StMontrose, CO20.2 mi.(800) 468-9323
Montrose Days Inn1655 E Main StMontrose, CO20.2 mi.(970) 249-3411
Montrose Super 8 Motel Inc1705 E MainMontrose, CO20.2 mi.(970) 249-9294
Hampton Inn Montrose1980 N TownsendMontrose, CO21.2 mi.(970) 252-3300
Quality Inn And Suites2751 Commercial WayMontrose, CO21.2 mi.(970) 249-1011
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1391 S Townsend AveMontrose, CO21.4 mi.(970) 240-1800
Howard Johnson Express Inn530 South Grand Mesa DrCedaredge, CO21.6 mi.(970) 856-7824
Riverwood Inn677 Hwy 50 NDelta, CO24.9 mi.(970) 874-5787
Comfort Inn-delta180 Gunnison River DrDelta, CO25.1 mi.(970) 874-1000

Crawford Weather & Climate

West-central Colorado has a four-season climate that is either semi-arid or alpine, depending on location. Places that are just a short distance apart can have different weather, depending on the topography of the area. Valley areas have a semi-arid climate, while the mountains have an alpine climate. The wettest season in western Colorado is usually winter, while June is the driest month. Summers are mild in the mountains, sometimes with a high of only around 60 degrees. F. Thunderstorms are possible, and sometimes cause the temperature to drop dramatically. At the higher elevations, winters are cold with lots of snow, but with abundant sunshine in between storms. Lower areas on western slope of the Rockies have hot summer temperatures similar to those on the plains. Winters are slightly cooler due to warming winds.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 38°F 14°F 1.22 in. -
February 45°F 21°F 1.10 in. -
March 54°F 28°F 1.48 in. -
April 62°F 34°F 1.18 in. -
May 73°F 42°F 1.45 in. -
June 84°F 50°F 0.79 in. -
July 90°F 56°F 1.14 in. -
August 87°F 55°F 1.09 in. -
September 78°F 47°F 1.37 in. -
October 67°F 37°F 1.70 in. -
November 51°F 26°F 1.38 in. -
December 40°F 17°F 1.17 in. -

Crawford Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located about 20 miles southwest of Crawford in Montrose, Colorado, the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located approximately 38 miles southeast of Crawford in Gunnison, Colorado, Aspen Pitkin County Sardy Field (ASE) located roughly 53 miles northeast of Crawford in Aspen, Colorado, Walker Field (GJT) located around 57 miles northwest of Crawford in Grand Junction, Colorado, and finally the Garfield County Regional airport (RIL) located about 57 miles north of Crawford in Rifle, Colorado.

Crawford Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun JunctionGrand JunctionCO56.4 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT105.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Black Canyon Golf ClubMontroseCO21.4 mi.
Links at Cobble CreekMontroseCO21.4 mi.
Deer Creek Village Golf CourseCedaredgeCO21.6 mi.
Devils Thumb Golf ClubDeltaCO24.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO35.4 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO42.8 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO54.1 mi.
AspenAspenCO54.3 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO54.3 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO54.3 mi.
TiehackAspenCO54.3 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO60.5 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO80.2 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO92.5 mi.
VailVailCO92.5 mi.
PurgatoryDurangoCO99.8 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO99.9 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO115.6 mi.
State Parks
Chipeta State ParkCO23.3 mi. 
Museum of Western ColoradoGrand JunctionCO56.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Dinosaur Valley MuseumGrand JunctionCO56.4 mi.(Science)

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