The name of Gunnison honors the life of John W. Gunnison who first explored the region searching for a transcontinental railroad route. Mr. Gunnison stayed for only three days in 1853 and was never to return to the town and region that would bear his name. Gunnison Country first began to boom in the 1870s along with the rush of mining activity in Colorado. The Ute Indians had been forced out of the area and many ranchers, traders and miners began to move in.
Home to Western State College, gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Crested Butte, Gunnison is filled with history and natural beauty, recreation and activities.