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The Gunnison Valley, from Gothic to Gunnison, is a vibrant, recreation- and conservation-minded community of innovators, adventurers, and welcoming people. We are geographically isolated, but deeply connected with our environment and with each other. This is the kind of place where hard, consistent work is rewarded, whether during a ski day or a work day.

4 people on a deck above North Main St in Gunnison, CO

We embrace a life-work balance ethos in the Gunnison Valley.


Community Values

Although we are more connected with the outside world than we’ve ever been thanks to the internet, planes, and cell phones, there is no getting around the fact that we are far from almost everything. That geographic isolation has resulted in an unbelievably close-knit community of individuals who look out for each other. Never is that more apparent than when it comes to our community values.

townie bikes and people gathered on Elk Avenue during the CB Farmer's Market

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Public Lands

Gunnison County’s land area is the equivalent of nearly 3 Rhode Islands, or over 1.5 times the state of Delaware. Much of that land area is public land managed by our three Federal Land Agencies: the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service. Close partnerships and strong relationships with those agencies has resulted in unparalleled access to public lands for our local community and visitors.

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Cost of Living

Cost of living in the Gunnison Valley tends to be higher than the state average, but lower than comparable ski valleys in the Rocky Mountain West.

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Health and Wellness

High altitude living and lots of time spent playing outside makes for a population with longevity. Gunnison County has typically held a near-top spot on the counties in the country with the longest life expectancy. Couple that with really good local health practitioners including some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the state, you end up with a pretty darn healthy population.

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