Just east on Highway 50 up and over “the Blue” lies Gunnison Country. Named for Captain John Williams Gunnison, who left St. Louis in 1853 to explore a route for a rail line to the Pacific Ocean. Gunnison’s survey crew crossed the Rocky Mountains moving up the Herfano River into the San Louis Valley and over Cochetopa Pass and into the Tomichi Valley where the present day city of Gunnison is located. The survey crew continued to move west, discovering the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and struggling into the Uncompahgre Valley.
Gunnison Country has a rich tradition of ranching and mining, evidenced by large cattle ranches that continue to dot the county. Mining in the Pitkin, Ohio City, as well as the Crested Butte areas give the visitor a window into the late 19th Century.
April: The first Flauschink was held in Crested Butte back in 1969, with the simple concept of a celebration to “flush out the winter” and bring in spring.
June: “An Experience Like No Other” The Crested Butte Writers Conference is “small conference designed to be friendly and cozy with the caliber of a large conference.”
June: Explore the tastes of Crested Butte and experience this unique area in Central Western Colorado.
June: “An annual river event that embraces river and stream activities, education and the celebration of the Gunnison River Basin.”
June: “Welcome to the oldest mountain bike festival in the world! This is where a rider can experience the birthplace of Mountain Biking and ride miles and miles of single track.”
June: “Gunnison has long flirted with the idea of a Bluegrass Festival, but has never put on a consistent event of this type. The I Bar offers a perfect venue for an event of this type, with its onsite camping, ample crowd capacity, and stunning setting.”
June- August: “To present an annual festival of diverse music, opera and dance performed by outstanding artists, to inspire a greater appreciation of these art forms, and to help develop the performers of tomorrow.”
July: The balloons have been flying since 1981 during the 4th of July celebrations in Gunnison, Colorado.
July: “Selected One of “THE TOP 101 WESTERN EVENTS” in the country by American Cowboy magazine.”
July: The summer season is wildflower time in Crested Butte, join others in this unique celebration of the areas stunning landscape.
July: “Striving to create a wine and culinary festival that complements the array of amazing offerings in The Town of Crested Butte and the Town of Mount Crested Butte, this festival is the perfect excuse to visit this scenic and captivating area.”
July: “Fish the award-winning waters of Gunnison County for the Crested Butte Land Trust’s 13th annual Caddis Cup Fly Fishing Tournament on July 11 & 12, 2014. The tournament provides a wonderful way to improve your cast, meet new folks, and soak in the scenery—all while helping to preserve our incredible lands and waters in Gunnison County. ”
July: The Crested Butte Invitational 2014 is designed to rank among the finest pure
landscape painting exhibits in the United States. Our goal is to collect a roster
of artists that will make the Invitational a destination art exhibit.
July: “Opera in Paradise” is part of the Crested Butte Music Festival.
August: “Now in its 44th year, the Crested Butte Arts Festival features incredible art, fantastic cuisine, exhilarating entertainment, artist demonstrations, chef demonstrations, children’s activities and an art auction.”
August: “Gypsy Jazz in Paradise” is part of the Crested Butte Music Festival.
August: “Cool Cars & Cool Mountains!”
August: “The Paragon People’s Fair is a non-juried arts and crafts festival that helps regional artist show their artwork. It is a two day event held down the middle of Elk Avenue on Labor Day weekend.”
September: Come to Crested Butte and enjoy “the sights, smells, sounds and the feel of fall.”
September: “Two person teams compete to see who can catch the most inches of trout in one day using the flies of their choice.”
September: The Golf Classic is sponsored by Crested Butte’s oldest saloon.