Peaks and protected species
Colorado’s Gunnison basin includes the North Fork of the Gunnison River, the Gunnison River, and the Uncompahgre River. These rivers and their tributaries have shaped a landscape that is home to unique and diverse land forms and communities: “adobe” badlands, river canyons, flat irrigated farm lands, and high mountain peaks. Elevations range from 4,750 feet in the Gunnison River Valley to well over 11,000 feet in the West Elk Mountains. This landscape is known for world class skiing, breathtaking scenery, outrageous wilderness recreation, first class hunting and fishing and the country’s most viable population of the threatened Gunnison sage grouse. This region is the heart of Colorado’s orchard lands and sweet corn production. It is also home to a third and fourth generation cattle ranching community deeply committed to maintaining the social and economic agricultural fabric that is the soul of the Gunnison and North Fork River valleys. Colorado Open Lands is a proud partner with the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy in Gunnison’s amazing conservation accomplishments.