U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Welcome to the Bureau of Land Management Gunnison Field Office, which manages more than 611,000 acres of stunning high altitude scenery in southwest Colorado.
Sagebrush shrublands merge with Pine, Fir and Aspen woodlands and dense Spruce and Fir forests, with Alpine Tundra above twelve thousand feet. The short growing season on the Alpine tundra makes for a spectacular wildflower show. Deer, Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Moose, Pronghorn, Black Bear, Mountain Lion and a variety of smaller animals call these public lands home. More than250 species of birds have been spotted in the area, including the Gunnison Sage Grouse.
No matter what time of year you visit, there is always something to do - from hiking and biking in the summer to snowmobiling and skiing in the winter.
Orange and yellow aspen leaves make for a breathtaking backdrop for scenic drives and hikes during the fall. The Silver Thread Scenic Byway and the West Elk Loop pass through amazing mountain vistas, old mining towns and historic sites. The Alpine Loop backcountry byway affords majestic mountain vistas and breathtaking wildflowers. Historic structures provide a glimpse into the challenging life of early pioneers via historic cabins, mills and ghost towns.
Hikers can choose from a variety of trails fit for an easy stroll or summiting 14,000 foot peaks. If you plan to summit any of our three fourteeners, be sure to get an early start so you’re off the peak before afternoon thundershowers roll in. Overnight backpacking or horsepacking trips, particularly in the Powderhorn Wilderness, make for a great excuse to explore your public lands.
Choose from six campgrounds, including Mill Creek, a spectacular setting along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Or, you can pitch a tent in many of our backcountry areas. Be sure to check the rules for specific areas by calling the field office or visiting our web site before your visit.
Mountain bikers, rock climbers and other recreationists can’t miss Hartman Rocks just southwest of Gunnison. This popular area includes a system of single track trails and a full stock of rock climbing routes along granitic rock formations.
Lake Fork of the Gunnison River is perfect for rafting, kayaking and float fishing. The best boating comes with the spring runoff in late May and June. Fishermen can enjoy miles of trout streams and backcountry lakes.
In the winter, the Continental Divide Snowmobile trail offers 80 miles of groomed routes. Skiers can use those trails or find their own way through spectacular winter landscapes. A hut to hut system for skiers is also available south of Lake City.
Most, if not all, of these recreation opportunities in the Gunnison Field Office are made possible with the help of community partnerships and coordinating with multiple-agencies.
Remember, these are your public lands and we need your help to take care of them