The small town of Gunnison, Colorado, was founded in the late 1800s and named after John W Gunnison, the first known traveler in the area (he was looking for the transcontinental). Now it is home to a bustling culture filled with ranching folk and the entire spectrum of the outdoor lifestyle. It sits beside the Blue Mesa Reservoir (the largest body of water in CO) and near the Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Fishing is abundant. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park serves as one of the most gorgeous, vibrant, and scenic National Parks in Colorado. The annual Cattlemen’s Days is the oldest rodeo in Colorado’s history, hosted in Gunnison. Point is, if you’re a nature lover, or someone that simply finds solace in the outdoors, Gunnison is the perfect place for you to visit. Enjoy the natural wildlife, nearby mountains, national parks, river rafting, and more. Here are some of the best places for you to stay while you’re there.
The Inn at Tomichi Village
Only two miles from the nearest airport, the Inn at Tomichi Village also sits the same distance from the Gunnison Pioneer Museum, Jorgensen Park, and the Western State Colorado University. Aside from that, the Oak Flat Trail (a renowned hiking spot in Gunnison) is within three miles of this Inn. If you’re looking for a place to stay that’s cozy, smack dab near everything, and offers natural views, this is your spot. The hotel itself features an indoor pool and a fitness center. They have free breakfast, parking, and WiFi. If you’re traveling with a big party and want a space to enjoy yourselves, there’s a conference center that comes with a bar/lounge, hot tub, and a large eating area. The rooms come with their own refrigerators, microwaves, built-in WiFi, and flat-screens with all the cable channels. If you’re looking to stay in Gunnison, you’ll see this Inn recommended everywhere. Read up on the reviews, people rave about it.
The Wanderlust Hotel
With a name like The Wanderlust Hotel, why wouldn’t you stay here? Located smackdab in the heart of Gunnison, this peaceful hostel feels more like a vacation home than a commercial hotel. It’s a quick walk from downtown, where there’s tons of shops and places to eat, and even offers a free bus (not a five minute walk away) that takes you to Crested Butte. If you’re looking at a place to stay during winter to ski the mountain, The Wanderlust Hotel makes that process easy. They even offer hostel bikes to use when going into town, although you might not want to ride to the mountain (it’s over 20 miles away). Their facilities offer a spacious communal kitchen, a large living room, backyard, and then shared or private rooms, depending on what you’re looking for. This is another hotel submerged in Gunnison that’ll be cheerful, happy, and surrounded by beautiful terrain.
Island Acres Resort Motel
Looking for a place to stay with a dog? This is your home. Designed to feel more like a home than a hotel, these units are more suitable to be called mini cabins than rooms. It’s in a quiet neighborhood rich with history and nature. The vintage property offers the amenities you’d find in a standard motel, but mixes them with a boutique-like set up. Just outside guests can experience the front-porch which looks out to 100 year old cottonwood trees, the river beyond, fire pits, and the mountains. If you’re looking for something a little out of town with a homey feel, this is your spot.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Similar to the Inn at Tomichi Village, this hotel is located in the heart of Gunnison. It’s in the historical district, meaning it’s close to the Gunnison Pioneer Museum and the Jorgensen Park. Nearby Curecanti Creek and the lake, you’ll be thrilled if you’re an outdoor enthusiast. The rooms come with AC, refrigerators, and microwaves. Flat-screens feature the cable channels and there’s WiFi. Aside from that there’s also an indoor pool and hot tub. They have a complimentary shuttle which takes you up to the mountain (if you’re there in the winter for skiing) and they offer a complimentary buffet-style breakfast.
Western Motel Gunnison
This hotel is located in the heart of the West Elk Loop. That means it’s under a half hour away from the Crested Butte and Monarch Ski Resorts, the Black Canyon (in the national park), and the Blue Mesa reservoir. If you’re looking to golf while you’re staying in Gunnison, the Western Motel is also close to the Dos Rios Golf Club. The rooms come with refrigerators, TVs with cable, coffee machines, and have that open, wooden, Colorado feel. If you’re interested in Gunnison for the wildlife, hunting, outdoors, skiing, golfing, and basically anything that involves being outside submerged in nature, check out this hotel.
Another hotel in the middle of Gunnison and close to the Dos Rios Golf Club. It also has the Gunnison Valley Observatory and the Smith Opera House right around the corner. The rooms have their own AC units with refrigerators and microwaves included. TVs and cable are available and phones to make free local calls (not that you’ll need those). Onsite amenities include their hot tub, warm fireplace in the common lobby area, and their outdoor yard. Wake up in the morning with a complimentary buffet breakfast and go out and explore the vibrant, beautiful town of Gunnison.
A bit more commercial, but nonetheless affordable and close to town. While the comfort inn may not have that ‘Gunnison feel,’ it’s still right beside the Curecanti Creek and Oak Flat Trail. It’s close to the Rim Rock Trail (another esteemed hiking spot in Colorado) and the Smith Opera House. Their rooms are air-conditioned, come with refrigerators and LED TVs. There’s complimentary WiFi and satellite programming for your TV (although you’re probably going to want to be out in Gunnison rather than inside watching TV). Amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, a fitness center, and a cozy lobby with a fireplace. There’s a complimentary buffet-style breakfast included.
Gunnison Lakeside RV Parks & Cabins
Definitely a bit unorthodox, but if your MO is to feel the culture of a place, it won’t get much better than this. Bordering the Blue Mesa Reservoir, they offer short term and long term RV rentals (even just to stay in one for a night) and, of course, lakeside cabins. If you have an RV already, this is a perfect place to dock your vehicle and stay for the night. Their campground offers gorgeous views and their location is immediately scenic and natural. The rooms depend on what you’re getting into, but definitely something to check out if you just want to camp, stay in an RV, or treat yourself to a cabin.
With a wide view of the mountains and only minutes from Dillon Pinnacles and Smith Opera House, this inn is close to everything. Want to leave the city and explore the outdoors? The Alpine Inn is in close proximity of Curecanti Creek and the Oak Flat Trail. The rooms come with refrigerators, microwaves, and they’re air-conditioned. There’s an indoor pool and hot tub, and the hotel features tour/ticket assistance: so if you don’t know what to do, they’ll tell you.
This hotel is not only close to Crested Butte, but it’s easy on your wallet. Close to the beautiful Blue Mesa Reservoir and Curcenti National Recreation Area, step out the door and take a short ride over to some of the most vibrant forest-life in Colorado. This is another hotel that’s close to the center of Gunnison, and offers a short drive to nearly everywhere in the city (Black Canyon, Opera House, and the Historical District). The rooms come air-conditioned with refrigerators, sofa sleepers, microwaves, and coffee makers. There’s a hot tub onsite, free transportation, and free WiFi.
What Gunnison offers is serenity. From beautiful blues, luscious forests, mountains for skiing, and a whole lot of history, it’s the perfect getaway for couples, adventurers, or people that simply want to go somewhere beautiful and shed some stress. All of these hotels come highly recommended, and will only add to the value of your trip.