- The list below includes 42 free or cheap things to do in or near Gunnison, Colorado, including 42 different types of inexpensive activities like Hiking Trails, Scenic Drives, Fishing and Visitor Centers.
- From Scenic River Tours to Gunnison National Forest, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Gunnison and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Crested Butte.
Scenic River Tours offer a variety of custom tour packages which include rafting, fishing, kayaking, zip-line and more, based on the age and skill of the visitors. The tours take place on the nearby water bodies such as Colorado, Gunnison and Taylor rivers to name a few.
Named after the explorer John W. Gunnison, Gunnison National Forest features the Black Canyon with multiple hiking trails around it and the Taylor Resrvoir which is good for fishing as well as a number of campsites which offer occasional wildlife sightings.
Within Gunnison City Park, visitors can enjoy lesuirely strolls and family picnics. There are multiple areas shaded by trees and furnished with picnic tables as well as a separate play area for kids which includes slides and rock climbing.
Curecanti Creek is a fairly difficult hiking trail recommended for physically fit and more advanced hikers. The trail is located in the Curecanti National Recreation Area and runs for four miles and has an elevation change of nearly 900 feet.
Beginning at the Horse Ranch Park, Cliff Creek Trail's well-defined path winds up through forests to a main vista point, then descends .5 mile to Cliff Creek. The several trails are open to hikers and horses only.