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Gunnison is an Old West Victorian town located in southwest Colorado in the beautiful Gunnison Valley, about four hours from Denver. This laid back town is off the beaten path from other congested ski areas, yet offers many of the same amenities and incredible outdoor recreational opportunities. The town is surrounded by the Gunnison National Forest and The Blue Mesa, Colorado's largest lake, is located in Gunnison's Curecanti National Recreation Area and boasts 96 miles of shoreline for boating, fishing and water skiing. The Crested Butte Mountain Ski Resort is just 30 minutes north of Gunnison and boasts a diverse mix of terrain that is a favorite with many skiers. Other wintertime activities include ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice-skating and cross-country skiing. The Gunnison River Territory, which is the size of the whole state of Connecticut, is a summer paradise with trails and historic mining roads open for hiking, mountain biking, and four wheeling or horseback riding. Water enthusiasts enjoy rafting, kayaking and canoeing. There are also two golf courses located in Gunnison. Other places to visit include The Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park, which is often called "Colorado's Grand Canyon," and many old mining towns are in the area, perfect for an afternoon of exploration. Gunnison hosts the annual Cattleman's Days, the oldest rodeo in the West, as well as many cultural events, summer concerts and art festivals throughout the year.

Surrounding areas: Almont, Colorado (9.3 mi), Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado (16.2 mi), Crested Butte, Colorado (22.6 mi), Irwin, Colorado (24.5 mi), Monarch, Colorado (33.0 mi), Crawford, Colorado (38.5 mi), Marble, Colorado (39.0 mi)

Gunnison Vacation Rentals

Gunnison Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Tomichi Village Inn41883 U S Hwy 50 EGunnison, CO (800) 641-1131
Comfort Inn911 N Main StGunnison, CO (970) 642-1000
Econo Lodge37760 Hwy 50 WGunnison, CO (970) 641-1000
Gunnison Super 8 Motel411 E Tomichi AveGunnison, CO (970) 641-1288
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites910 E Tomichi AveGunnison, CO (970) 641-1288
Holiday Inn Express400 E Tomichi AveGunnison, CO (970) 641-1288
Mary Lawrence Inn601 N TaylorGunnison, CO (970) 641-3343
Ramada LTD #19731011 W Rio Grande AveGunnison, CO (970) 641-2804
Water Wheel Inn37478 Hwy 50Gunnison, CO (970) 641-1650
Crystal Inn624 Gothic AveCrested Butte, CO22.7 mi.(970) 349-1338
Old Town Inn201 6TH StCrested Butte, CO22.7 mi.(970) 349-6184
Crested Butte Marriott Resort500 GothicMount Crested Butte, CO24.5 mi.(970) 349-7561
Sheraton Crested Butte Resort6 Emmons RdMT Crested Butte, CO24.6 mi.(800) 544-8448

Gunnison Weather & Climate

Central Colorado  has a very complex climate. Even places a few miles apart can experience entirely different weather patterns. The valleys are classified as a semi-arid, continental climate, which becomes a mountain or alpine climate at higher elevations. Humid microclimates may also exist in some places. Abundant sunshine and low humidity is typical in all areas. Summers are mild to warm, and thunderstorms can cause a sudden drop in temperature. Winters are cold and snowy, especially in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. Solar radiation penetrates the thin atmosphere high in the mountains, which results in very pleasant temperatures during the winter. This is why skiers are often pictured in very light clothing, even though they're surrounded by snow.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 25°F -6°F 0.77 in. -
February 30°F 0°F 0.60 in. -
March 42°F 13°F 0.54 in. -
April 53°F 21°F 0.63 in. -
May 64°F 29°F 0.82 in. -
June 75°F 36°F 0.60 in. -
July 79°F 42°F 1.24 in. -
August 77°F 40°F 1.70 in. -
September 70°F 32°F 0.99 in. -
October 60°F 21°F 0.73 in. -
November 42°F 10°F 0.57 in. -
December 29°F -2°F 0.76 in. -

Gunnison Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located right in Gunnison, the Central Colorado Regional airport (7V1) located approximately 47 miles east of Gunnison in Buena Vista, Colorado, the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located roughly 52 miles west of Gunnison in Montrose, Colorado, and finally the Eagle County Regional airport (EGE) located around 75 miles north of Gunnison in Vail / Eagle, Colorado.

Gunnison Attractions

Golf Courses
Dos Rios Country ClubGunnisonCO 
Club At Crested ButteCrested ButteCO21.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO22.6 mi.
AspenAspenCO45.0 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO45.0 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO45.0 mi.
TiehackAspenCO45.0 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO59.4 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO63.9 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO72.7 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO78.1 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO80.3 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO81.2 mi.
VailVailCO81.2 mi.
PurgatoryDurangoCO102.1 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO103.8 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO111.9 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO115.2 mi.

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