Located ten minutes north of Gunnison, one-half hour south of Crested Butte, 45 minutes west of Monarch Ski Area and Taylor Reservoir, and one hour east of Blue Mesa Reservoir.
Gunnison Pioneer Museum
The Gunnison County Pioneer and Historical Society had its beginning in the 1880 with early pioneers who settled in the Gunnison Valley. The Pioneer Society was reorganized and incorporate as a non-profit organization in 1930.
From its very beginning the society stated its interest in preserving the history of the pioneers of Gunnison County and by 1964 the Pioneer Museum was finall
The Board of the Society oversees the operation of the Museum which is staffed mostly by senior volunteers. These volunteers are happy to answer your questions as you browse the exhibits at your own pace.
The Museum grounds, its 18 buildings, the artifacts and memorabilia that make up
the many displays have been donated by generous members and friends of the
Society. Most of the items on display date back to the early settlers. The
Museum's collections truly represent the cultural history and heritage of the people
Step back in time and experience the heritage that makes Crested Butte so distinctive at The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. In the center of historic Crested Butte, we have transformed "The Hardware" or "Tony's Conoco" into the town's only historic repository.
Our Museum Exhibits explore coal mining in Crested Butte from the early 1880's to the 1950's and the long history of skiing in the Gunnison Valley. Guests can investigate everday life of "Crested Buttians" in our Home Life Exhibit and the Betty Spehar Children's Exhibit, as well as wacky, local celebrations like Flauschink. The model town and railroad has been elected the most popular exhibit at the Crested Butte Museum, complete with distinctive buildings along Elk Avenue, The Big Mine, the Denver & Rio Grande railroad, and infamous buildings like the Old Rock Schoolhouse, Kochevar's and the Forest Queen.
Cimarron, Colorado, is located 20 miles east of Montrose on U.S. Highway 50. Today it is a small, quiet community providing visitor access to Morrow Point Dam, fishing along Cimarron Creek, and boating on Crystal Reservoir. It can also provide a glimpse into our past.
The National Park Service maintains a visitor center, campground and picnic area where the railroad town of Cimarron once existed. An outdoor exhibit with loading corrals and stock cars helps visitors understand the importance of the railroad history to Cimarron's ranching community and the entire western slope
Following a successful, albeit often-times cloudy and rainy season, the Gunnison Valley Observatory is now closed for public viewing until late Spring, 2014. We hosted 1,300 visitors from the Gunnison Valley, around Colorado and the nation. We also welcomed visitors from several foreign countries. Visitors not only enjoyed looking at distant objects in the night sky but enjoyed a variety of educational astronomy lectures on everything from the Science of Science Fiction to learning what the ancient peoples knew about the dark night sky. The Observatory hosted over eighty 4th graders from the Gunnison Community School and also students from Lake City. A boisterous evening of learning was held with the Gunnison Cub Scouts and the belt-loop earning event will sure to become an annual program. The Observatory telescopes will spend the winter in hibernation while the GVO Board of Directors plan the 2014 season. Be watching for information about the educational research programs to be conducted in the Dr. Ted Violett Memorial Observatory, located adjacent to the main facility.