Summer Experience at Western

Due to ongoing concerns and preventative measures regarding COVID-19, the sessions of the 2020 Summer Experience at Western have been canceled. Please contact the campus visit coordinator at for more information and to learn more about signing up for events in the future. We plan to host events next summer.

The Summer Experience at Western Colorado University is a weekend workshop that allows the campus community to share both the school and the Gunnison Valley with the counselors and coordinators who guide students toward achieving the college experience. The event is free of charge to all eligible counselors and coordinators.

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Day One

Mountaineer Bus pickup in Denver8 a.m.Site TBD (mileage reimbursement available for private transport)
Campus arrival with lunch providedNoon

Western Colorado University in Gunnison

On-campus conference and tour1-4 p.m.Western Colorado University campus
Transportation to nearby Crested Butte (by bus or private vehicle)4-5 p.m.30-mile drive north along scenic Colorado Highway 135
Check-in at The Grand Lodge and free time in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte5-6 p.m.Happy hour at The Grand Lodge
Dinner6-8 p.m.Dinner at The Grand Lodge, hosted by Western Colorado University's president

Day Two

Breakfast8-9 a.m.The Grand Lodge 
Crested Butte excursion9-11 a.m.Pickup and drop-off at The Grand Lodge
Mountaineer Bus pickup for departure to DenverNoonThe Grand Lodge

On-Campus Conference and Tour

  • Tour of Western's tree-lined, walkable campus
  • Greeting from Western Colorado University President Gregory B. Salsbury, Ph.D.
  • Presentation: What's new and exciting at Western Colorado University?
  • Presentation: Financial Aid at Western Colorado University

Complimentary Meals

  • Day One: lunch, dinner
  • Day Two: breakfast, box lunch for the road

Options: Crested Butte Excursion

  • Free time in towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte
  • Guided hike in the "Wildflower Capital of Colorado"


  • Complimentary ride on Mountaineer Bus to/from Denver: details to come
  • Mileage reimbursement available for private transport


  • The Grand Lodge in Mt. Crested Butte
  • Complimentary, single-occupancy room for evening of Day One