Explore Gunnison Valley's Conserved Lands

The Crested Butte Land Trust has helped conserve over 6,000 acres throughout Gunnison Valley. These conserved properties range from agricultural lands farmed by families for generations to wildlife migration corridors to beloved recreational areas regularly accessed by the public. Click the map image to the right to view or download our map of conserved lands. Scroll down to explore an interactive map of conserved properties and learn more about local recreation areas.

Interactive Map of Conserved Properties

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Recreating on Conserved Lands

Slate River Area Trails and River Recreation

The Slate River valley is a popular destination for recreationalists, including hikers, bikers, paddlers, and skiers. The area includes Gunsight Bridge, Woods Walk, Lower Loop, Lupine 1 and 2, and Gunsight Connector, all of which are entirely or partially on Land Trust conserved lands.

In the winter, Crested Butte Nordic maintains an extensive Nordic ski trail system, much of which lies on Land Trust conserved lands. Click the map to the right to see how important land conservation is to winter recreation. 

Please recreate responsibly while enjoying our community’s recreational amenities near and far, so they’ll remain available for all to enjoy for generations to come.

Long Lake Recreation Area

Long Lake is an easily accessible resource that boasts a myriad of recreational opportunities, including hiking, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, and other water-based fun for the whole family. The Lilli Trail, featured in the map to the right, was completed in 2023 in partnership with Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association and Adaptive Sports Center.

As you enjoy this community treasure, please respect your neighbors, fellow recreationists, and the area surrounding the lake to ensure it will remain available for all to enjoy for generations to come.

Protect What You Love

As pressures on the Gunnison Valley increase, you can be part of the solution.
Leave a legacy of open space protection by donating to the Crested Butte Land Trust today,
and ensure that you and generations to come will continue to enjoy our unique quality of life.


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