The Water Wheel Inn - Bordering The Dos Rios Golf Course & Downhill from Crested Butte & Monarch Ski Areas
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Ice Fishing

"Ice fishing report - 61 trout, 2 perch, sorry- no picture!  See you next year!" - Ron Sheer/Colorado Springs, CO /Jan. '08

Contrary to popular belief, ice fishing is not derivative of freezing cold! There is no better scenery than Blue Mesa or Taylor Reservoir's during the winter months- especially if you're ice fishing! Enjoy the crystal blue skies as you venture out and cast your line.

Blue Mesa Reservoir
15 miles West of Gunnison on Highway 50
The largest body of water in Colorado

Taylor Reservoir
Northeast of Almont on Highway 742

Guided Tours:
Gene Taylors Sporting Goods
201 West Tomichi Avenue
Gunnison, Co 81230

Ice Skating

Are your figure- 8's as good as Scott Hamilton's or Kristi Yamaguchi's? Even if they're not, lace up a pair of skates while in the "Gunnison Country".

Gunnison Outdoor Rink & Pacman Pond
Jorgenson Park
Rentals Available

Crested Butte Outdoor Rink
At the Crested Butte Nordic Center

Blue Mesa Reservoir
(With good ice) At the boat ramp
Maintained by the Park Service

Open Hockey Rink in Gunnison
Shades for Blades
1-800-545-4505 or 1-800-274-7580


Want to get into the woods and hear the quiet whispers of the Colorado wilderness? Then think about snowshoeing. Enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful outdoors and perhaps see some wildlife in the process!

Guided Tours

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Crested Butte Nordic Center

Atlas Snowshoe Tours

Crested Butte Mountain Guides

Rentals and Maps

The Alpineer

Curecanti Recreation Area
East Elk Creek Trail
4 miles- Strenuous
Red Creek Trail
6 miles- Strenuous

Black Canyon
Oak Flat Loop Trail
2 miles-Strenuous
Rim Rock Nature Trail
1 mile- Moderate


"Thank you for the awesome time. This has been one of my favorite ski trips. You made it possible. Thank you." - Axel Gebhardt - Weinstadt, Germany 3/26/08

Snowboard and Ski Crested Butte

Book your affordable ski vacation at the Water Wheel Inn. Adult lift tickets are only $29.08 (regularly $79.00 - offer valid 1/02/08 - 2/15/08). Incredible snow – this is the best it has been in years, as over 18 feet of snow has fallen since December. Come make tracks at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and stay down valley in one of our spacious rooms overlooking snow-covered fields. Enjoy our complimentary hot breakfast bar and get a great night's sleep after a long day on the slopes. With room rates at only $59.00 for a 2-4 person occupancy, the Water Wheel Inn is the best lodging deal in Gunnison.

    • The Crested Butte lift ticket price changes:
    • 2/16 - 3/22/08 to $45.72
    • 3/23 - 3/29/08 to $29.08
    • 3/30 - 4/6/08 to $27.00
    • 4/7 - 4/13/08 to $23.88

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

Seeking to avoid crowded slopes and long lift lines?  Welcome to the Gunnison Valley where Crested Butte Mountain Resort is only 32 miles north on Highway 135 and Monarch Ski Area is 45 miles East on Highway 50.  Imagine endless blue skies, fresh powder and steeps, and the best groomed corduroy in Colorado!

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is best known for its legendary "extreme limits" terrain, offering some of the best extreme skiing in the world.  It is home of Colorado's best corduroy and "Dreampipe", the superpipe with a view! Crested Butte is located within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The resort is three miles from the town of Crested Butte, one of Colorado's largest historic districts, originally settled in the 1880s as a mining supply camp. Authentic, exciting, genuine, unpretentious and fun, you'll reconnect with family and friends when skiing Crested Butte.

Monarch Ski/Snowboard area's motto is "Lose the lines, not your friends!”  This hidden gem lies at 11,961 feet along the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Mountain Range. All natural snow (averaging over 350 inches per year) and an all natural setting: all about having fun! The ski area boasts 54 groomed trails for any level of skier from beginner to expert. Come enjoy the pristine powder and beautiful views, and discover why all the locals rave about Monarch Mountain. As one of the oldest ski areas in Colorado, established in 1939, we say: "Welcome to a real Colorado ski area!”

Need to rent ski/snowboard equipment? Click on to these shops and reserve today!


Nordic Skiing

You can cross country ski right out our backdoor.  In the winter the Dos Rios Golf Course transforms into a loop trail for winter enthusiasts.  It is great if you want to get out and enjoy the crisp air. You can bring your own gear or rent from Gene Taylor's Sporting Goods in town. Other great places around town to cross country ski are Hartman Rocks, or if you have small kids take them to Western State College.  At Western State College, there is a groomed circle course around a football sized field. If you're looking for a longer excursion, try Cement Creek or Mill Creek, both north of town. If you venture as far as Crested Butte, check out the map from the Crested Butte Nordic Center and exploit the numerous trails of all difficulties. One way or another, this is a great place to begin your Nordic adventure whether it is for the first time or times beyond counting.

Sleigh Rides

“Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh!”  Dash through the pristine snow-covered fields as you snuggle under warm blankets and star gaze under our clear crystal nights!

Dinner and Sleigh Ride

  • Dinner sleigh rides offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday; 2 seatings at 5:00pm and 7:00pm
  • 1 week advanced booking required (3 week advanced booking during holidays) 24 hour cancellation.
  • Rates as low as $104.50 per person/2 person occupancy (13 & up)

By Snowcat:

  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  • A pulled open sleigh to Rustica Restorante
  • 4 Course Dinner, Full Bar
  • 1-800-810-Snow

By Horse:

  • Lazy F Bar Outfitters
  • The Ultimate Crested Butte Dining experience in a Rustic 1950's cabin overlooking the East River. Steak, Salmon, and Lasagna with a bountiful of extras and homemade desserts
  • Reservations Required
  • Book Now for Holidays!
  • 970-641-0193
  • -OR-
  • Fantasy Ranch
  • A one-horse ride with stop for hot chocolate
  • 970-349-5425

Dog Sledding

Experience the great outdoors behind an ambitious team of sled dogs! Mushing is becoming an activity that “Gunnison Country” visitors can do to add a unique experience to their winter vacation experience. There are two- and four-man sleds pulled by some of the friendliest canines you will ever encounter just waiting to take you into some of the most beautiful country you will ever see!

Luck Cat Dog Farm - Gunnison
Becky Barkman


Cosmic Cruisers - Gunnison

Dave, Lisa and family want to welcome you into the magical world of “mushing,” where you can experience the power, beauty and enthusiasm of our amazing sled dogs.

  • Offering an unforgettable experience for novice mushers, adventurous spirits and kids
  • Specialized tours and instruction for children
  • Each experience tailored to suit your interests and abilities
  • Remote wilderness tours, moonlight runs, and hot springs soaks
  • Rookie runs on Mush Mt. for children and adults, instructions are given and your own wonderful team of huskies to mush through the wilderness trails

Follow us to fun! Over 40 years of adventure guide experience.
Book now for the Holidays!

  • Rates from $100 per half day to $125 (drive your own sled) to $190 (all-day lunch included)
  • Guest should call cosmic cruisers - Lisa Mapes at 970-641-0529 - she will set you up with what suits you best
  • Book well in advance for better availability

More Dog Sledding Stories.

Dog Sledding Stories


Snowmobiling has become an increasingly popular winter activity in Gunnison and Crested Butte. There are numerous trailheads that provide miles and miles of prime territory. Guided trips, private rentals, and great motor sports shops can accommodate anyone who is willing to roost on the Gunnison National Forest.

Sled the "Gunnison Country"
Come stay at the Water Wheel Inn and experience the deepest and longest expanses of snow Colorado has to offer! We are centrally located to Crested Butte, Black Mesa, and Lake City. Sled all day then relax with us!
** Best Trailer Parking in Town, Colorado Snowmobile Association Discount
Discounted Group Rates: Includes a Chili and Beer Dinner During Your Stay, Complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar

Action Adventure Snowmobiles
Providing one-stop shopping for all the local snowmobile tour operations.
15 Emmons Loop, Avalanche Building
Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81225

Crested Butte Snowmobiles
PO Box 2178
Crested Butte, CO 81224

Crested Butte's "Original" High Performance Rentals New liquid cooled powder snowmobiles with heated handgrips!

  • Helmets included
  • Reservations Required
  • Open 7 Days a Week, 8am-8pm
  • Easy to Follow Maps
  • Half day: Approx 3.5 hours
    9am- 12:30pm
    1pm- 4:30pm

Standard Rental $95
High Performance $125
Passenger $10
Must be 16 years old to drive!

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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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