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Right in the heart of the Rugged San Juan's mountain lies Colorado's largest body of water and the United States' largest lake trout and Kokanee salmon fishery. Right along scenic Blue Mesa and U.S. 50 at an elevation of 7,519 feet is a 41,972 acre / 36 mile long river that was created by the Blue Mesa Dam. It has over 96 miles of shoreline. The Dam was completed in 1965 and is the first large dam built along the Gunnison river. The reservoir is located within Curecant National Recreation Area between Montrose and Gunnison; it is surrounded by beautiful mesas, deep canyons, and fjord style lakes. It's a popular hotspot amongst Coloradoans for its boating, fishing, wind surfing, waterskiing, jetskiing, and winter ice fishing. Along the shores and woods are hunting, ATV trails, hiking, horseback riding and a 5,000 acre archaeological district with the old Narrow gauge Railroad of Gunnison. It's definitely a wonderful place to visit while in Colorado. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Written Sep 9, 2009
This restaurant has a pretty varied menu with a few different syles. Food was adequately prepared. Not a bad choice if you want Chinese Food.
Favorite Dish: Good Shrimp in Garlic Sauce.
Written Jun 29, 2010
Address: 405 W Tomichi Avenue Unit 1, Gunnison, CO
Phone: (970) 641-0667
The picture was not taken at this location, but it seems to fit. The Trough is a seafood/steak place. Located just outside of Gunnison, it is the best restaurant in the area. Or so says the Mobil travel guide I read before coming out here.
The restaurant has a nice dark wood interior. Burgundy booths are highlighted by candles on each table. In a major city, this would still be casual. But in laid back Gunnison, it qualifies as fine dining.
The fresh baked rolls were an excellent start. Attempting to be exotic, a la, when in Gunnison..., I ordered the red deer. It looks like steak, but it tastes just like chicken. I'm kidding. I wanted to say that it tasted like steak, but that's not right either. Actually, to the chagrin of my perhaps unsophisticated taste buds, it tasted like watered down steak. I had enough trouble trying to eat this without thinking about its origins, so I pretty much gave up. The sauce was pretty good, although the rice was clearly prepared with the help of Uncle Ben. The chocolate cheesecake I ordered to finish off the meal was pretty good and ended the experience on more of a positive note.
Favorite Dish: The ribs. I didn't order them, but two women at a nearby booth did, and they smelled really good. I couldn't see their faces as we were separated by the boot, but these women seemed to be really, really enjoying their ribs. In fact, I began to wonder if eating ribs was what they were doing over there.
They mentioned how hot and wet they were (I'm assuming they meant the ribs), remarked to the waitress about "their pleasure" in the experience. I heard quite a few moans from that table, followed by the words "that's just obscene" I wonder if they knew there was a solo diner at the next booth writing down their words. No matter, I'm not mentioning their names.
Finally, I heard a sigh and the words "I can't anymore." I assumed they were done. With the ribs. I expected to see smoke from a lit cigarette, but the restaurant was smoke free.
So, what I'm trying to say here is, the ribs are probably very, very good.
Updated Jan 15, 2005
Address: U.S. 50
This was our second time in Gunnison and our second time eating at the Palisades. Great steakhouse, food is always good. The first time we ate inside, it looks like a steakhouse, big, spacious, log building feel to it. The second time we ate out on the patio because you can't smoke inside the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Their new porkchop dish was excellent. Last time I had a steak dish and it was fantastic. I don't think you can go wrong here.
Written Jul 6, 2004
Don't miss the downtown shops. There are crafts and jewelry, a great toy store, really good clothing stores. Forget Walmart, shop in the local shops. The people are friendly and you'll get great service
What to buy: Check out the gallery at the art center. Found some great local photos there.
What to pay: might be a little more pricey but no worse than any tourist area and cheaper than many in Colorado
Written Oct 26, 2004
Address: main and tomichi
Tammy Shelafo is the co-owner of the Ranch House Bed and Breakfast. A Colorado native, Tammy grew up on the outskirts of Denver before moving to Gunnison. As of 2003, Tammy and her husband had been running the bed and breakfast for 3 years.
Earning a living as an innkeeper has been slow-going lately, due to the 9/11 tragedy and the more recent Colorado wildfires which contributed to keeping tourists at bay. Still, Tammy maintains a positive outlook as she gazes out into the wide open space afforded to those who live on county roads.
Tammy loves Gunnison and thinks its an especially good place for raising children. She misses living outside a big city and having all the creature comforts just minutes away. Its a 4 hour drive to Denver, to any shopping malls, Wal Marts and the like. But, Tammy tells me that this is a safe place 2 raise her two young girls. The recreational opportunities are another big draw. Mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, etc.
The positives seem to outweigh the negatives for Tammy, as she sits in her country kitchen, youngest daughter on her lap. There's no where else she'd like to live but in this friendly valley 4 hours from any metropolis. But she'd like to visit Florida sometime. I promise to help her with some travel tips and we shake hands and part ways.
Written Jan 10, 2005
Another sunny and only slightly chilly a.m. It'll be hot today. A bit hot for rock climbing, but what can you do. Perfect weather is hard to come by, and this is darn close to perfect.
Took a walk for a bit up the country road leading past the Shelafo's ranch house. The road is straight out of "The Bridges of Madison County". There's nothing like a serene setting and a cool, crisp a.m. to revitalize a weary solo traveler.
I love the rejuventaing power of a beautiful morning. The slightly chilled air tingles against your skin while the sun warms you at the same time. It shakes of all the bad feeling and totally recharges you. That's why I come out to places like this. To recharge myself mentally.
Written Jan 10, 2005
Hartman Rocks is a popular recreation use area just a few miles SW of Gunnison. It consists of 160 acres at the "Base Area" managed by the City and County of Gunnison as well as an adjacent 8,000 acres of federal land managed by the BLM. This area receives heavy visitation by a variety of recreationists including hikers, mountain bikers, vehicle recreationists, shooters, horseback riders, skiers, rock climbers and much more. Over the past 10 years concerned citizens have worked with land managers to guide the use of this area to provide quality recreation opportunities while protecting the area's resources. The bulletin board will have maps and information on the area.he map will give you an idea of the main roads and trails in the area. There are dozens of miles of each to offer opportunities to a variety of uses and skill levels.
The main entrance to Hartman Rocks is reached by going west out of Gunnison on Hwy 50 to the turnoff for Cty Rd. 38 just before the Twin Bridges. Turn south and follow this road for about 2.5 miles where you'll find an entrance through the wooden fence to the parking area. You can park here and ride up to the west or continue driving up the main road to get up onto BLM land.
I did a full day intro to rock climbing course here. It really is an outdoor rock gym. This photo shows the top of the rock wall we used to practice climbing.
Updated Jul 7, 2003
Due to the elevation, many Olympic athletes head to the Gunnison or Crested Butte area to train. There are countless opportunities to hike, mountain bike or rock climb.
Written Jul 7, 2003