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5 Days in Montrose, Gunnison & Crested Butte

5 Days in Montrose, Gunnison & Crested Butte
5 days
Despite the different vibes and activities in these towns, all offer unparalleled adventure and spectacular scenery.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

Donate to Curecanti National Recreation Area or volunteer with Wildlands Restoration.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Day 1
Activity

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Hiking and ranger-guided programs. Read More
Lunch

Colorado Boy Pizzeria

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Colorado Boy Pizzeria and Brewery lives in the historic Stockman's building at 320 East Main in downtown Montrose. We are proud to brew and serve our award winning ales and cask ales. We have... Read More

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Museum of the Mountain West, Inc.

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Experience what it was like to live in western Colorado in the 1880's to the 1930's. View 500,000 artifacts displayed in store and office displays circa 1880-1930. Carefully restored historical... Read More

Dinner

Remington’s At the Bridges

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Remington’s Restaurant is a casual, relaxing environment offering excellent food and friendly service boasting an exquisite patio overlooking our Nicklaus Design Championship Golf Course and the... Read More
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Historic Downtown Montrose

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Filled with eclectic shops, restaurants, brew pubs, galleries, and more, Montrose's charming downtown is the perfect blend of old and new. Historic Victorian buildings and beautifully decorated shop windows provide the perfect setting for a variety of community events.
Lodging

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Montrose

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Montrose's area most complete AAA 3-diamond accommodations, including suites. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, Jacuzzis, fitness center, business center, guest laundry, airport... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

The Vine Market And Bistro

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Local farm to table. Retail, restaurant, full bar, grocery, catering on/off site, affordable high end, local organic. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. We are now pairing specialty martinis,... Read More

Insider's Tip

Pick Up a Picnic Lunch: While you're at The Vine, pick up a picnic lunch to take on your hike to the Dillon Pinnacles
Activity

Dillon Pinnacles Hike in Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Ascending through sagebrush, ponderosa pine and riparian habitats, this trail offers spectacular views of Blue Mesa Reservoir, the distant San Juan Mountain peaks, and the weirdly eroded volcanic Dillon Pinnacles.
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Morrow Point Boat Tours

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Join a park ranger for a leisurely 1½ hour boat tour on the Morrow Point Reservoir. You will travel into the famous Black Canyon of the Gunnison, learning about geology, wildlife, early inhabitants... Read More
Dinner

Blackstock Bistro

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Excellent food and drinks available. Great dishes for all of Gunnison. Casual yet elegant dining. Food, Appetizers, Cocktails, Parties, Music. Read More
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High Alpine Brewing Company

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Located in downtown Gunnison, Colorado surrounded by epic terrain that locals embrace all year round. Friend owned and operated, Scott and JB started HABC as a way to rule world one delicious... Read More

Lodging

The Inn at Tomichi Village

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Our large rooms offer super comfortable beds, new bedding with triple sheeting, flatscreen TVs, premium in-room coffee, USB outlets and modern decor with a stylish country flare. Enjoy our... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

W Cafe

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The W Cafe is the place the locals hang out for breakfast and lunch. Voted best breakfast by the people, 2001-2010. Read More

Gunnison Pioneer Museum

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Five-acre campus and Gunnison's cultural and historic 1880s history! Buildings include: Gunnison's first post office (1876), Denver & Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Train, two rural school houses with... Read More

Lunch

Firebrand Delicatessen

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Serves breakfast, lunch and coffee; deli, restaurant, grocery store. Read More
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Double Shot Cyclery

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Full service, professional bicycle maintenance and repair for all bikes, as well as a coffee shop. Read More
Dinner

Twisted Fork

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Twisted Fork is the best place for fusion dining in Gunnison, Colorado. We serve everything from stir fry noodle bowls to burgers to Vietnamese tacos and fresh daily fish specials. Dietary... Read More

Gunnison Valley Observatory

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Our 30-inch reflector telescope maximizes our thin and unpolluted Rocky Mountain atmosphere to bring distant astronomical vistas to the eyes of visitors to the Gunnison Valley. Read More

Lodging

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Gunnison

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Opened June 2006. Remodeled in 2014. 107 rooms. Balcony suites available with mountain views.  Voted Gunnison's best lodging property five years running! Free wireless internet. Free hot... Read More

Day 4
Breakfast

Paradise Cafe

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Breakfast and lunch served Mon-Sat 7am-2pm. Breakfast Only Sunday's 7am-1pm.

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Activity

Stroll Down Elk Avenue in Crested Butte

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Crested Butte draws people because it is friendly, beautiful, fun-spirited, and surprisingly sophisticated for such a small town. Here we’re fortunate to have two distinct worlds — a great ski mountain with contemporary amenities in Mt. Crested Butte, just 3 miles away.
Lunch

Montanya Distillers

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Montanya Distillers is a Colorado craft distiller of award-winning rum, founded in 2008. The company moved its headquarters from Silverton, CO to Crested Butte, CO in May 2011. Stop by for a... Read More
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Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting

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The resort sits at the junction of 3 pristine rivers (Taylor, East, Gunnison), making it a fisherman's dream. Located between Gunnison and Crested Butte, we feature cabins, vacation homes &... Read More

Dinner

Garlic Mike's

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Garlic Mike’s, invites you to enjoy the finest Italian cuisine this side of New Jersey on the beautiful Gunnison River in Gunnison Colorado. Red-checked tablecloths, family friendly, outdoor dining... Read More
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Three Rivers Smokehouse

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Located at Three Rivers Resort in Almont. Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through the 3rd weekend in September, we offer a fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialties include meats... Read More
Lodging

Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting

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The Gateway to Taylor Canyon, our resort sits between Gunnison and Crested Butte and features cabins, vacation homes & lodge rooms. Lodging ranges from basic studio cabins to upscale on the... Read More

Day 5
Breakfast

Izzy's

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We create a fresh batch of bagels everyday, with many varieties including whole wheat bagels. We also serve up many specialty egg plates such as "the greek", and "the Harlen daze", egg sandwiches... Read More
Activity

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Adventure Park

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There's nothing like the view from the top of Crested Butte Mountain. On a bluebird day, you can gaze down on the town of Crested Butte, look out toward the old town site of Gothic (a mining... Read More

Lunch

Coal Creek Grill

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In the heart of Crested Butte at 129 Elk Avenue you'll find the Forest Queen Hotel and Coal Creek Grill which occupy a historic building dating back to 1881.  In its early years, it was reported... Read More

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Dragonfly Anglers

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Offering Guided Fly Fishing trips since 1983, Walk-wade and float trips available! Beginner to expert welcome. 

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Dinner

Lil's Sushi Bar & Grill

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We are proud to offer you the best selection in town with fresh, never-frozen fish flown in 6 days a week! Read More
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The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin

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The Dogwood is located in an old miners cabin just off of Elk Avenue. Come enjoy one of our creative cocktails which feature our house-infused liquors and simple syrups and one of our small plates... Read More
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The Nordic Inn

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The Nordic Inn is truly a slice of nostalgia from the early days of skiing in Colorado and now represents a special part of Mt. Crested Butte history from its colorful early days. Beautiful... Read More