Introduction to Gunnison, Colorado
Gunnison, Colorado is 115 miles W of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is located in Gunnison County.
Gunnison, which is the county seat of Gunnison County, was named in honor of John W. Gunnison, who explored the area and was a United States Army officer. In 1853, he surveyed for the transcontinental railroad. Gunnison was officially incorporated in 1880. In the same year, the railroad entered into the area. The community houses the Western State College, which was formerly named Colorado State Normal School and was founded in 1909. Gunnison County, which was established in 1877, was first home to the Ute Indians. Due to the favorable location of Gunnison, it gradually became the hub of enterprise for that part of the State.
Gunnison and nearby Attractions
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum
- Curecanti National Recreation Area
- Aspen Art Museum
- Leadville Heritage Museum
- Crawford State Park
Things To Do In Gunnison
One can shop at the Meadows Shopping Center while in the city. Golf enthusiasts may enjoy a visit to the Legion Park Golf Course, which is extremely well facilitated and offers ample opportunities for recreation. One may visit churches like Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, and the Church of Christ. The Crawford State Park, the Ridgway State Park, the Curecanti National Recreation Area, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park are some of the popular tourist destinations. One may also plan a day trip to places such as the Cliff Creek Trail and the Gunnison Pioneer Museum. Local festivals include the River Festival in May and Cattlemen’s Day’s in July.
Air transportation facilities are available from Gunnison - Crested Butte Regional Airport.
Gunnison Higher Education
Western State College Colorado is the local higher educational institution. Other nearby institutions include Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Mountain College, and Mesa State College.