Hiking & Backpacking

View from summit of Ruby Peak, Irwin Colorado

Surrounded by millions of acres of public land, in Gunnison County, you can often hike right from your door. When summer arrives and the snow recedes, hiking is one of the best ways to explore the mountains. Take some time to slow down, check out the scenery, and maybe learn some of our native wildflower species. Carrying your own food and shelter on a backpacking trip adds to the adventure of exploring the West Elk Mountains.

Mt. Crested Butte & Crested Butte Hiking

The hiking in the northern part of Gunnison County is dominated by high peaks. The tall mountains surrounding the communities of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte will start calling to you when you arrive. With many mountains taller than 12,000 feet, hiking in Crested Butte can be strenuous and challenging. However, we also have a multitude of easier, flatter trails; there is surely something for everyone. Summit a peak like Ruby and admire the views, take in the stunning wildflower display on the famous West Maroon Pass trail, or bring the whole family on a leisurely trek out the Woods Walk or the Lower Loop.

Almont & Gunnison Hiking

Almont and Taylor Canyon offer spectacular timber and beautiful canyon scenery. With great trails for trail running and biking as well as good camp sites, this area offers a great home base for a multi-sport vacation. Gunnison hiking is dominated by endless desert vistas and unique rock formations. Hartman Rocks Recreation Area offers a large multi-use trail system, or visit Curecanti Recreation Area and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for great trails on your public land.

Know Before You Go

We recommend viewing a trail map before you visit, or just buy one when you get here in addition to talking with locals and or personnel at your lodging property to help steer you in the right direction. Outfitters can point you in the right direction, and often times experienced hiking guides can show you treasures you never would have found on your own. Guides have been known to pack your lunch, sunset dinner, or whatever for you! Always remember to be bear-aware on your trips. On your next visit to Gunnison County, slow down and enjoy the views!


Before you head out on the trail, we recommend doublechecking your pack to make sure you have everything you need to ensure a safe and successful hike in the mountains. If you left any necessities behind, you can pick up gear and guide books at our... more
Trail Map Legend: Easy- Good for families with small children, elderly or those with a short time frame. Moderate- Good for longer hikes and those looking for a more strenuous experience. Best for people with good physical conditioning. Difficult-... more