Blue Mesa Reservoir in the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Photo: J. Stephen Conn
Gunnison County is the fifth-largest county by area in Colorado with 3,260 square miles. Both the county seat and the largest city is Gunnison. The population was estimated to be 15,507 in 2013.
The county was named for United States Army officer John W. Gunnison, a surveyor for the transcontinental railroad in 1853. In 2007, Gunnison provided the backdrop for the science fiction thriller “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.”
Visit the Gunnison County Government website.
- Crested Butte
- Mount Crested Butte
- Ohio City
- Chaffee – east
- Delta – west
- Hinsdale – south
- Mesa – northwest
- Montrose – west
- Ouray – southwest
- Pitkin – north
- Saguache – southeast
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Falls Colors On Kebler Pass – This seasonal mountain highway connects Crested Butte with Paonia. The drive over Kebler Pass takes nearly two hours. It’s a fairly high pass at 10,007 feet that leads through spectacular alpine terrain. Peaks tower in the distance…
Autumn Drive Over Cottonwood Pass –
Cottonwood Pass is a high mountain route over the Continental Divide. It’s an easy drive beginning in either Buena Vista or Almont. From Buena Vista the road quickly climbs to its summit of 12,126 feet. It then turns to dirt…