- Gunnison County is a slice of the old west. Its roots are in mining and ranching. Ranching remains a significant industry in the area and provides an interesting flavor to the town's character. Another industry that contributes to the Gunnison economy is education. Western State College is located in Gunnison and is one of the largest employers in the area. The first landmark visitors notice upon arrival in Gunnison is the large white 'W' on the side of Tenderfoot Mountain. It was created by students and faculty in 1923, and has provided fuel for many folk tales.
Recreation - The Gunnison National Forest and Curecanti National Recreation Area provide Gunnisonians with endless recreation opportunities on land and water. Winter activities include snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and snowmobiling. During the summer months outdoor adventures include swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, road biking, mountain biking, fishing and four-wheel driving.
Climate - Gunnison is known for its cold winters and occasionally getting the title of The coldest location in the lower 48. Truly, its not always that way. Gunnison gets its fair share of sunny warm days, but the cold air that settles in the valley on winter nights makes Western State students dread their 8 a.m. classes. The key to beating the sting of the cold is dressing properly. Be sure to wear warm layers of clothes when you visit the Gunnison Country.
The town of Gunnison is located at the intersection of Highways 50 and 135. Highway 50 leads east over Monarch Pass to Salida and the Arkansas River Valley; and west to Montrose and Grand Junction. Highway 135 leads north to Crested Butte. The town is situated north of the junction of the Gunnison River and Tomichi Creek. The townsite is bordered by these two waterways, Tomichi Creek on the east and Gunnison River to the west.