The Water Wheel Inn - Bordering The Dos Rios Golf Course & Downhill from Crested Butte & Monarch Ski Areas
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Gunnison Colorado by the Black Canyon at Gunnison

Get Ready for an adventure of your life - "No Passports Needed" as a remarkable array of activities await you in our paradise for all seasons.
Spring, summer & fall invite you to hike thru exquisite wildflowers, see cascading waterfalls, ride horseback into the wilderness, fly-fish sparkling mountain streams & rivers, bike the hundreds of trails throughout the valley (mtn. & road) or challenge the rapids in a kayak or raft. Hunting, fishing, boating & golf are always options, or perhaps rising above it all in a hot air balloon.

As winter moves in and snow becomes the side-banks of roads, experience our shimmering blue skies while skiing Crested Butte & Monarch Resorts, ice fishing on Blue Mesa reservoir, snowmobiling the numerous trailheads of prime territory or enjoy the fun winter opportunities of snowshoeing, skating & sledding. Nordic tracks are set through desert-like settings, up meandering drainages and through glistening forests!

Top 10 Favorite Things to Do in Gunnison!

Skiing in Crested Butte
Dog Sledding
Horse Rides
ATV and Jeeping Adventures
Rafting 2 Different Rivers
Bike trails galore!

Tammy Scott (Gunnison Chamber Director): “My favorite thing about our valley is the crystal clear streams and rivers. From the rushing white water of spring runoff to the low clear water of the fall, to just sit next to the Taylor River and watch the water and smell the trees is the most relaxing thing I can think of! The high mountain streams and waterfalls are also a favorite making any hike worth the effort!”

Andy Hanks (Gunnison High School Principle): “One of my favorite things to do in this valley is in the summer, when the hatches of bugs swarm in the bushes along the river, is to float the Gunnison River with my family, and teaching my 11 year son and 8 year old daughter how to fly fish. My family continues to build wonderful memories in this fantastic valley in which we all live in.

Jane Tunnadine (owner of Colorado Fitness): “One of my most favorite things to do in Gunnison is to meet with the Crested Butte Mountain Runners for their summer fun runs all around the valley. We run at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison at the beginning of the season to kick off our summer of running-that’s one of my favorite places to run. Other runs include the famous Cart to Cart run from Crested Butte to CB South along the trails and the Mount Baldy run over Paradise Divide looping back along trail 401. The scenery is amazing everywhere we run and having the company to run with makes each run memorable.”

Ken Coleman (City of Gunnison Manager): “My life is pretty simple and it’s mostly hanging out with family and friends, yet when I get mobile I tend to enjoy those things close to home…mountain biking at Hartman’s, ice skating on natural ice (Blue Mesa and Morrow Point), walking in the downtown talking with friendly folks, town biking on the bike lanes and cruising on the VanTuyl Ranch, and finally cross country skiing on the Ranch.”

Dr. Duane Vandenbusche (History Professor @ WSC): “One of my favorite things to do in the Gunnison valley, is skiing the powder on a beautiful clear day with crystal blue skies in Phoenix Bowl at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.”

Jim Swain (Cattleman’s Day President): “Mountain Biking in the clean fresh air and enjoying the incredible vistas. Fly fishing in a lonely quite spot. Playing Hockey on the outdoor rink in the evenings. Rodeo and all the 4-H events.”

Mike Busse (Chef and Owner, Garlic Mike's Italian Cuisine): “I grew up in New Jersey where there are not many wide open spaces and the pace is very, very fast. You can take the boy out of NJ, but you cannot take the Jersey out of the boy. So, I like to wind down and take a ride up Ohio Pass during the warmer months. The views are absolutely breathtaking!(When I drive to my Montrose location) I really enjoy the views of Blue Mesa. Both winter and summer offer a completely different landscape. I have a very hectic schedule and the best thing about taking these beautiful short road trips: NO CELLPHONE interuptions!! NO RECEPTION!!”

Andy Lightbody (Rocky Mountain Television): “Enjoying the beauty and solitude while ice fishing with family and friends on the Blue Mesa Reservoir.”

Chris Dickey (Editor and owner Gunnison Country Times): “Well, let’s see… Anything at Hartman Rocks – biking, trail running, rock climbing, strolling with the kids. Commuting anywhere in town by bicycle or feet. Cross country skiing under the palisades rock formation at Van Tuyl Ranch. Greeting the coffee shop baristas on the way to work in the morning. Seeing a concert at the Gunnison Arts Center. FAC-ing at one of our monthly “Gallery Crawls”. Trying to garden in the face of a 365 – day-a-year frost warning. Spending a bluebird fall afternoon watching a WSC football game. Gathering firewood. Spending time in the high country.

Quincey Severson (Sales & Marketing Director Water Wheel Inn): Horseback riding with my husband into the West Elk Wilderness, enjoying our picnic lunch while breathing in the clean fresh mountain air and searching for wildlife.


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The Waterwheel Inn
P.O. Box 882 ~ Gunnison, CO 81230
37478 W. Hwy 50 ~ Gunnison, CO 81230
Toll-Free 1-800-642-1650 ~ Local (970) 641-1650

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