Destination guide

Gunnison is Colorado's great outdoors

The recipe for adventure couldn't be better – there’s the serrated tops of the Sawtooth Mountain, the roaring whitewater of the Gunnison River, the rock-ribbed walls of the Black Canyon, the colossal widths of Gunnison Gorge, the alpine ski fields of Crested Butte, the tabletops of the Grand Mesa – the list goes on. There are few places in America with such a line-up of adrenaline-pumping activities and breathtaking highland vistas as this. Book your Gunnison vacation rentals to break out into the vast Colorado outdoors this year…

Things to do

Wonder at the majesty of the Rockies in Gunnison

Gunnison's treasures rise and fall all around the town center. It’s hard to miss the great peaks of Mount Baldy and Fairview soaring on the horizon, and you're sure to pass the Blue Mesa Reservoir on your way into town – a summertime mecca for sailors and water skiers. But that's just a taster because the Crested Butte Mountain Resort also hides in these hills, touting speedy black runs and meandering, tree-lined blues alike. And the iconic Grand Mesa looms just to the north, complete with carved plateaus and scenic byways by the bucket load.


Going wild in Gunnison

Be sure to pack the hiking gear, waterproofs, and walking boots if you intend to hit Gunnison vacation rentals in the summer. Whether it's a cabin hidden in the woods beneath Fossil Ridge, or a riverside hut with roaring rapids on the doorstep, it's likely you'll be enjoying some form of outdoors adventure. Rafting and hiking and mountain biking are uber-popular pursuits, but so are long drives on the West Elk Loop, or camping jaunts into the national forest. And in winter? Monarch Mountain and Crested Butte have powdered runs aplenty.


Gunnison's got snow plumes and sunny trails

What sort of adventure vacation awaits on the doorstep of those Gunnison vacation rentals depends entirely on what time of year you opt to visit this far-flung corner of Colorado. Heading to the peaks of the Rockies in winter can mean only one thing: Skiing. Just be sure to bed down between December and March if you're looking to conquer the pistes of Crested Butte and beyond. After that, the spring thaws give way to the main hiking and rafting season between May and August, when a whole other sort of sportster hits town.

Natural features

Gunnison is a mountain town

There's no question about it: Gunnison is a mountain town. Hidden in its own small cleft in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, it's surrounded by some of America's most iconic wildernesses. There's the Curecanti National Recreation Area and the Blue Mesa Reservoir to the west, awash with sloshing whitewater rapids and boating jetties. There's the sweeping pine forests and snow-topped massifs of the Gunnison National Forest to the east. And there's the majestic Grand Mesa to the north, where black bears, lynxes, moose, and oodles more creatures tread between the trees.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Gunnison

Fly into Gunnison, CO (GUC-Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional), the closest airport, located 1 mi (1.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Aspen, CO (ASE-Pitkin County), which is 46.8 mi (75.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Gunnison?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 885 vacation rentals near Gunnison. From 346 Houses to 54 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gunnison for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Gunnison?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gunnison:

  • Cranor Hill Ski Area: 104 vacation rentals
  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort: 496 vacation rentals
  • Crested Butte South: 609 vacation rentals
  • Ponderosa Pines: 66 vacation rentals
  • Monarch Ski Area: 284 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Gunnison?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Gunnison. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gunnison Valley Observatory: 60 vacation rentals
  • Western State Colorado University: 82 vacation rentals
  • Dos Rios Golf Club: 60 vacation rentals
  • Gunnison Pioneer Museum: 82 vacation rentals
  • Smith Opera House: 81 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gunnison listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Gunnison?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 346 Houses in Gunnison. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gunnison include:

  • Cabins: 54 rentals available
  • Cottages: 54 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 384 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gunnison?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 102 vacation rentals with pool available in Gunnison. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.