The Gunnison Valley is unique among Colorado ski valleys for its lack of contiguous development, much of that due to our long legacy of ranching. Between those ranches, our ample National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands, the Crested Butte Land Trust, and other local entities dedicated to preserving open spaces, we have acres upon acres of land preserved for the future generations of the Gunnison Valley. In spite of all the open spaces, we also have relatively affordable land available for development, particularly in Gunnison and other unincorporated areas of Gunnison County.
On this page, we’ve provided Google maps for the three municipalities in the Gunnison Valley as well as our own maps (south valley, “mid” valley, and north valley) that give you an idea of key neighborhoods and services in various parts of the Gunnison Valley.
South Valley: Gunnison and Almont
The City of Gunnison is the largest population center in the Gunnison Valley. It’s also home to Western Colorado University, the Gunnison Valley Hospital, the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport, and the Gunnison Recreation Center. On top of that, access to highways, shipping, and the commercial airport is easier from a base in Gunnison vs. the rest of the Valley. Winters are shorter down south, too.
Almont is located north of Gunnison at the headwaters of the Gunnison River. Home to several cabin resorts and the gateway to the Taylor Canyon and all of the recreation opportunities up that way, it’s a small but growing community.
Real Estate tends to be much more affordable in the South Valley than in other parts of Gunnison County.
South Valley Maps
Our map below is intended to orient you generally to the neighborhoods and essential services and amenities in Gunnison and Almont. For detailed navigation, we recommend using a map and/or GPS.
Mid Valley: Crested Butte South, Skyland, Riverland, Riverbend
While geographically closer to the north end than the south, the midvalley still has a slightly different feel from Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Being a little bit removed from the resort towns, you’ll find a more locals, family vibe in Riverbend and CB South. You’ll also find the only industrial park north of Gunnison.
Mid Valley Map
The map below is intended to generally orient you to specific neighborhoods/POAs and services in the midvalley. Please note that the Crested Butte airport in Buckhorn Ranch is a private airstrip with very, very limited services.
We recommend using your digital map of choice in cases where a detailed map is needed for navigation.
North Valley: Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte
Home to the resort towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, the north valley is the place to be if you want to be in the thick of all the amenities the resort communities have to offer. They are relatively small in geographic area, but packed to the gills with restaurants, shopping, and events.
North Valley Maps
The map below is intended to orient you to key amenities, services, and neighborhoods in the North Valley. Please don’t use it for navigation purposes.
If you’re looking for more detailed navigation, we recommend your preferred digital map and gps.
Real Estate Agents
Our valley is home to outstanding real estate agents. We recommend a search via your favorite search engine or checking out the Chamber of Commerce Directories for real estate agents in either Gunnison or Crested Butte. If you’re interested in getting a more personal recommendation, feel free to fill out our contact form below and we’ll get back to you.
The majority of the rental market here seems to still be dominated by the classified ads in the local newspapers and word of mouth rather than sites like craigslist. Whether you’re looking for a place to live or a space for your business, we recommend you start there.
If your business is small and you’re simply looking for co-working space, check out the ICELab at Western. This business incubator and resource center also offers one of the best co-working spaces we’ve ever seen.
While the maps on this page give you a good orientation to the general lay of the land in the Gunnison Valley, each governmental entity has its own zoning and processes. Most property owners’ associations have their own rules as well. We advise checking in directly with the relevant entities to get the most updated information on rules, standards, and processes.