Good for families with small children, elderly or those with a short time frame.
Good for longer hikes and those looking for a more strenuous experience. Best for people with good physical conditioning.
Good for more serious hikers with appropriate equipment and excellent physical conditioning. May involve technical skills or scrambling. Generally not recommended for those under 14 years old.
Things to Know
Before You Go
Easy - Difficult
Varied length of trails (1/2 – 30 miles).
Access: West on Highway 50, 1/2 mile west of town, before you cross the Gunnison River, turn left onto Gold Basin Road (CR 38). Travel 2.8 miles to the sign marking the entrance to the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area.
This area is a network of both dirt roads and single track trails. The single track trails are marked with numbered posts on each end. You will hike through rolling hills of sagebrush, granite rock formations and cottonwood groves. A separate brochure with a more detailed map is available for this area from the Gunnison Chamber of Commerce.
O’Fallon Ditchline/Ridgeline Trail
Access: Take US 50 to McDonald’s in Gunnison. Turn left and go to the first stop sign. Turn right and travel around the college campus about halfway up the hill. Park in the eastern edge of the lot for the WSC library. Cross the road to the entrance of the Trail.
This trail is an easy and short hike from the City of Gunnison through sagebrush and hills. It provides good views of the City and surrounding area. A loop hike can be completed by using the entire trail system there.
Gunnison Bike Path
3 miles, ADA accessible
Access: North on Highway 135 to City Market parking lot. The trail starts from the parking lot.
The bike path travels north along Highway 135 to the Gunnison River. You will pass horse pastures on your way to the river. At the river, there is public fishing access, north and west of the bridge.
1.5 miles, ADA Accessible
Access: West on Highway 50 for 5 miles. The entrance is on the south side of the highway and is well marked.
Located on the north shore of the Gunnison River, this area is rich with grasses, flowers, cottonwoods and willows and is ideal for birding, fishing and wildlife observation. This trail is flat, shaded and provides very easy walking.
2.5 miles, ADA Accessible
Access: West on highway 50 to starting at Gunnison Avenue. Park on any nearby side street.
The frontage road begins near Gunnison Avenue and parallels Highway 50 out to the ranchland west of town. The frontage road is nice for an easy walk, in-line skating or a quick bike ride.