Whitewater Raft Taylor River, Almont, Colorado

Where the Rivers Meet

Located between Gunnison and Crested Butte at the crossroads of Highway 135 and County Road 742, where the tumbling waters of the Taylor and East Rivers meet to form the Gunnison River, ALMONT is small-town Colorado at its best.

Rich History

First named “Fishers” after the original settler of the area, the town's name was changed in 1881 to Almont after the leading Hambletonian stallion of the century. In mining times, ore from area camps was brought to Almont to be transported via rail to Gunnison. When the railroad folded and the mining boon ended, residents remained to live in Almont's tranquil, resort-like setting. Rustic resort cabins still dot the landscape, and time seems to move a little slower and more peacefully in Almont. Today the town is popular with fishermen and boaters

Whitewater Paradise

The Taylor River comes down from Taylor Reservoir through the Taylor Canyon before it meets up with the East River that flows from the north. The controlled release on the Taylor provides some of Colorado’s best whitewater rafting from early spring through the middle of September. The Gunnison River is formed in Almont, and there begins the second largest tributary to the mighty Colorado River. These rivers, along with Blue Mesa are known for trophy trout in stretches of Gold Medal waters.

Opting for a quieter life

Almont caters to visitors who appreciate a quieter, simpler vacation, featuring two resorts, a guest ranch and riverside cabins and fishing & whitewater rafting outfitters. The town is a superb launching point for canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, four-wheeling, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking. In winter, Almont is a destination for outdoor pursuits such as cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.