Gunnison turned out to be a great place to call home for the month of July.
The weather was incredible and it's just so dang beautiful here.
Breakfast has always been one of our favorite meals to eat out. Voted best breakfast 2001-2015, Cafe W serves up fresh eggs, homemade sourdough bread/toast crispy bacon and yummy hash browns with friendly service and reasonable prices.
|Cafe W on Main Street..."Where the Locals Eat"|
|Mario's on W Tomichi Ave.|
Mario's Pizza & Pasta was our favorite choice for dinner. It's been around for more that 40 years and the current owners are Western State Alums who worked there in their college days. The homemade marinara sauce is the best ever ! Aside from pizza, house specialties include Nine Layer Lasagna and Manicotti.
Speaking of alums, Gunnison is home to Western State Colorado University. Many students stay throughout the summer to work.
Our encounters with them were delightful...all smiles, energetic, and hard workers.
Gunnison got its name from the first known explorer of the area, John W. Gunnison. He was searching for a route for the transcontinental railroad in 1853.
This quaint little town saw its first population increase in the 1870s due to a mining surge. The railroad arrived soon after in the 1880s.
Gunnison is located at the bottom of several valleys. Due to it's location in the Rocky Mountains, cold air in the valleys settles into Gunnison at night with sub zero temps in the winter.
Our frist real rodeo...
My favorite was the women's barrel race...
Check out the featured post...top right hand column...for our post about our visit there.
The boat tour is accessed from the Pine Creek Trail (about 25 miles west of Gunnison on Hwy 50).
The trail has 232 steps down (and yes, back up) and a 3/4-mile easy scenic walk along the old narrow-gauge rail bed that follows the river before reaching the boat dock.
...and Curecanti Needle which is a big A-shaped rock formation about 700 feet tall. Its picture was used as advertisement on the narrow-gauge railroad line that ran through the Rocky Mountains from 1908 - 1921.
We didn't hike here, but the drive was sure pretty.
There is an endless list of things to do and places to go in and around Gunnison. If water entices you, there are lakes and rivers for fishing, rafting and, if you dare, swimming. If history interests you, there are ghost towns and old mines to explore. If adventure invites you, hiking/biking trails to mountain mesas lined with wildflowers where you are likely to be rewarded with alpine lakes go on for miles and miles. Yep, Gunnison sure got our attention !
There are two more hikes I haven't posted yet. It's kinda boring here in Tucson so don't be surprised if you have to read about them. Also, I have pictures from the KOA I want to share.
So, until next time, let the good times roll !
HAPPY TRAILS !