No doubt, living off the beaten path can pose certain challenges. You’re not going to find the same connectivity that you do in a big, urban environment and not all our roads are paved.

But some things might surprise you about the infrastructure of the Gunnison Valley, like the extreme walkability of the downtowns in Gunnison and Crested Butte. Or the fact that we have a valley-wide public transit system – and it runs for free.


Drive, take the bus or fly into the Gunnison Valley. The valley is accessed via U.S. Highway 50, which connects to major highway arteries and bigger cities like Grand Junction, Denver, Colorado Springs and Salt Lake City, Utah. Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport offers direct air service to Denver, as well as Dallas and Houston, Texas. In the valley, locals and visitors alike enjoy free bus service from home to work, and to the mountain.

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Internet Service

Living off the grid does not mean you have to disconnect from the world (unless you want to). Broadband is available throughout the Gunnison Valley from a variety of Internet service providers.

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Utility services in the Gunnison Valley are provided both at the local municipal and county levels. Read on for specifics and contact information.

City of Gunnison

The City of Gunnison’s Public Works Department provide utility services to city residents, including electric, water and sewer and refuse and recycling services.

Contact the City of Gunnison Public Works Department for information and service activation.

Town of Crested Butte

The Town of Crested Butte provides water and sewer services, as well as trash and recycling, for town residents.

Visit the Town of Crested Butte website for rate and payment information.

Town of Mt. Crested Butte

Trash and recycling services are provided in the Town of Mt. Crested Butte through Waste Management of Colorado.

More information can be found on the Mt. Crested Butte website.

Valley-Wide Utility Services

The following utility services are available outside of the specific municipal services listed above.

Water and Sewer

The Dos Rios Water Division and the Antelope Hills Water Division provide water and wastewater services throughout much of the Gunnison Valley. Monthly water and sewer payments are managed through Gunnison County Public Works.

Visit Gunnison County Public Works for service area information and payment options.

Electric and Natural Gas

The Gunnison County Electric Association covers electricity needs for most of the Gunnison Valley. Contact the Gunnison County Electric Association at (800) 726-3523 or email gcea@gcea.coop.

Natural gas services are also available in the Gunnison Valley, via ATMOS Energy. Call (888) 442-1313 for information, or visit atmosenergy.com.


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