Map and Directions
Where is Western?
Roughly 30 miles to the north, via CO 135, is Crested Butte, which was recently voted the No. 1 ski town in America in a Powder magazine poll. Monarch Mountain, a top spot for great powder and tree skiing, is just 43 miles to the east, via U.S. 50.
The fun Arkansas River town of Salida, also on U.S. 50, across 11,300-foot Monarch Pass, is 64 miles to the east. Eclectic Montrose is 65 miles to the west, just past Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, also on U.S. 50. In between, a dozen miles or so away, is Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado's largest lake, famous for boating and fishing. Scenic Lake City and Lake San Cristobal are 55 miles to the south, via CO 149.
Denver is just shy of a four-hour drive in good weather. Colorado Springs is a bit more than three hours away. Grand Junction is just a tad more than two hours on dry roads.
We're truly in the heart of the Rockies, with some of America's finest hiking, biking, skiing, paddling, climbing, fishing and hunting on trails that lead right from the Western campus. We are surrounded by millions of wilderness acres, ripe for both adventure and serious research.