At an altitude of 7,700 feet, Western's campus among the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Gunnison is beautiful and inspiring. This valley is a destination for a different kind of life. You'll find many ways to test your limits in this breathtaking and rugged alpine playground. Our quaint, mountain towns are safe and relaxing and offer something for everyone. Crested Butte is known as Colorado's "last great ski town" and is the official Wildflower Capitol of Colorado, only 30 miles from Western's campus.
Only minutes from campus are some of the world's best powder for skiing, granite faces for bouldering and climbing, a whitewater park perfect for kayaking, and miles of trails to hike and mountain bike. On every angle, you are surrounded by natural, rugged and unspoiled beauty. Whether testing your physical and mental limits, or taking a moment to pause, take a breath and relax into your surroundings, the Gunnison valley is a space that inspires and rejuvenates.
At Western State Colorado University, you have an unmatched opportunity to extend your academic experience beyond the classroom. Whether skiing, biking, climbing, hiking or taking a moment to revel within breathtaking horizons, students can immerse themselves in a Colorado that no longer exists elsewhere in the state. They understand why Gunnison and Crested Butte are the pure and simple Colorado.