Interesting Fact #2:
You must traverse a high mountain pass in any of the four directions in order to reach Gunnison.
North: Schofield Pass 10,707 feet in elevation (named most dangerous pass in Colorado for 4x4's only) It is open 2 or 3 months during the summer season.
South: Cochetopa Pass 10,067 feet elevation (State Highway 114)
West: Double Mountain Passes of Blue Mesa Summit 8,704 feet elevation & Cerro Summit 8,042 feet elevation (State Highway 50 west)
East: Monarch Mountain Pass 11,312 feet elevation (State Highway 50 east)
Northeast: Cottonwood Pass 12,126 feet elevation (Scenic Byway west of Buena Vista)
* Bring some bottled water, your camera and a jacket. Enjoy the Adventure!