Balloons over Gunnison
Photo By Western State College


Gunnison was established in 1874 and is the County Seat of Gunnison County. It is centrally located in the State of Colorado, 200 miles from Denver and 180 miles from Colorado Springs. Nestled 30 miles west of the Continental Divide in a sprawling valley, the elevation here is 7,703 feet. The economic base in the County is primarily tourism, followed by education and ranching. The median age of residents in Gunnison is 30.4 years, with 89.7% of the population Caucasian. The median household income is $25,800 per year.

Western State Colorado University

Gunnison is home to Western State Colorado University. WSCU is one of Colorado’s top, 4-year, fully-accredited undergraduate institutions. It employs approximately 275 people full-time, and enrollment comes in at about 2,400 students. Western State Colorado University offers a unique and balanced combination of academic programs, student-to-teacher ratio, excellent facilities, and up-to-date curriculum.

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The Regional Airport

The Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport features the longest single runway in the state, with an Instrument Landing System certified for jet traffic. It is regularly served by airlines providing regional air transportation to Denver and direct ski flights to other major cities.