Heritage Tourism in the Gunnison Valley
Gunnison-Crested Butte is a valley filled with a rich, storied past steeped in Western heritage. With a history of pioneers, cowboys, miners and now skiers and adventurers, these diverse individuals have made Gunnison-Crested Butte what it is today. The Gunnison County Historic Preservation Commission is charged with preserving the heritage of the communities in Gunnison County.
Historic Sites and Drives
Visitors to Gunnison County can explore the past in many ways, including taking self-guided driving and walking tours, visiting museums, and exploring local graveyards Highlights for those interested in heritage tourism include visits to some of our old mining and pioneer towns and settlements. Some have been repurposed, including Gothic, an 1880s boom town that is now home to a scientific laboratory, while others, like Tincup and White Pine, although smaller than during their heyday, are still active communities. Still others have faded into obscurity as ghost towns. While exploring these pieces of Gunnison County's rich history, it's best to obey all posted signs and watch out for artifacts.
For those interested in our more distant history, Western State Colorado University maintains an archeological dig at The Tenderfoot Site. WSCU faculty and students have been studying the site since 1991, learning more about the Archaic population of the area (hunter gatherers in a modern, non-ice age environment), who inhabited Gunnison County from approximately 8000 years ago until prehistoric farmers made an appearance.
If you are interested in taking one of our self-guided tours of local heritage sites, check out the brochures below:
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