area around Gunnison, CO is full of things to see and do. We stayed
in a campground along the spectacular Blue Mesa Lake. This is the
largest man-made lake in Colorado. It is 20 miles long and has 96
miles of shoreline. It is a great place for fishing, boating and
we are not huge fans of museums, the Pioneer Museum in Gunnison
is one of the most interesting we have seen anywhere. The museum
grounds house 12 buildings, including Gunnison's first Post Office
(1876), 2 rural school houses, a huge antique car museum, a narrow
gauge train and depot. My
favorite artifact was a permanent wave machine. Looked like you
could be electrocuted getting your hair curled!
drive from Gunnison along the scenic Taylor River Canyon takes you
to the old mining town of Tincup. Considered a ghost town now, some
of the old cabins are being used as summer cottages.The
most interesting part of the town though is the old cemetary.
There are three separate sections on the forested hillsides of
the cemetary: the Catholic knoll, the Protestant knoll and the Jewish
knoll. Wooden and metal fences separate each gravesite.
the most famous attraction near Gunnison is the Black Canyon of
the Gunnison National Park. This gorge raches depths of 2700 feet
down to the Gunnison River.
Within the park you can drive the South Rim Road to various lookout
points and short hiking trails.
outside the park you can take the 1 1/2 hour Morrow Point boat tour
through a portion of the Black Canyon. To get to the boat you have
to take a 3/4 mile hike along the Pine Creek Trail. The
boat tour really gives you a good feeling for the depth of the gorge.
To view more photos from this area click here:
Gunnison Photo Gallery
Descriptions Photos Map